We hold a competition between grade 12/1 and 12/2 regarding the previous learned units as a way to encourage students to revise units that they have already finshed. Students were very thrilled during the competition. We focused on vocabualry, grammar, speaking and writing. The winning class in the competition was grade 12/1. Here are some pictures of the competition:

After our first meeting with the members, we went to the suq and we bought some materials. Next day we started decorating the English Club from outside to attract more members. Here are examples of our work outside and inside the Club.

In order to collect members for the English Club I designed some advertisments for students. If you want a sample of these advertisments you can send email to the following address:

Meeting between the president and vice president

Meeting –discussion about the decoration of the English Club

Meeting – discussion of the English Club magazine

Decoration of English Club& Gathering materials for each section

Establishing English Board – Decoration & Gathering materials for each section

Buying books for Reading section

Decoration of the English Club (continue)

Designing Flyers for English Club

Searching for members for the English Club

Holding a meeting with English Language Teacher- Distributing Tasks for each one of them

Holding writing competition between students & comment on the picture

What is School Press?

The school press is a free activity carried out inside the vicinity of the school community. Students, supervised by a group of teachers, are in charge of creating, editing, designing, printing and distributing the product. The latter addresses the school community and the parents. Students are given the opportunity to express their opinions within a frame of freedom and responsibility, which shows their creative and education skills through writing. All the contents of the school press should adhere to the school rules and laws.

What are the educational and pedagogical roles of the school press?

The school press instills in the student noble educational values indirectly, which helps in shaping his/her behavior and personality. Therefore, the school press:
- Bridges the gap between the school and society: when writing an article about a negative social behavior such as animosity among family members, the students are involved in thinking about and suggesting concrete solutions to social problems.
- Enhances students’ self-confidence when they interview people and conduct surveys.
- Helps the students to be creative as when they design and produce a magazine.
- Allows the students to look for information from different sources, so they acquire the tools to organize this information and present it.
- Enables the student to make connections with different school subjects.
What are the types of the school press?
a. The wall magazine
The wall newspaper is a board that measures 100X70 cm and is made of card board or wood. The organization of the wall paper can be as follows:
- The name and the logo of the wall paper should reflect the contents exposed.
- The school name is written on the top left hand corner .
- The editor’s name, the editing staff and the issue number appear on the top right hand corner.
- The contents of the paper should be varied; it can include for example, school news , a short story, an interview illustrated by pictures, photos, etc.
b. Picture magazine
This magazine contains pictures and/ or photos with a short comment to explain each one.
c. The printed magazine
The printed magazine is one of the most important art work in the school press. It can be printed in a great number and reach a lot of readers. Besides, it can be easily distributed and can contain a lot of contributions depending on its contents. The most important thing in the printed magazine is that the material should be written by the students themselves under the supervision of a teacher or a group of teachers.

What to include in a printed magazine?

A 20 page-magazine, for example, can be organized in this way:
1. Cover page: it should include the title, the logo, issue number, the date of publication,
2. Flyleaf back: proverbs, sayings with or without pictures
3. Table of contents: lists the contents of the magazine with the pages
4. The editorial: about a page-length introduction written by the editor(s)
5. School news: 2 pages
6. A report: 2 pages about educational and pedagogical topics related to the concerns of the school.
7. Interview: 2 pages of an interview with a teacher, headmaster, inspector, etc.
8. Contributions: 4 pages that include articles, caricatures, poems, drawings, etc.
9. Reacreational pages : 2 pages of contests, crossword puzzles, games, etc.
10. Last page : Educational slogans with or without pictures.
How to publish a printed magazine
a. Planning
- Stating the objectives of the magazine
- Appointing the editing board
- Assigning different tasks
- Establishing criteria for evaluation
- Holding regular meetings to collect the materials
b. Editing
- Writing the news, interviews, etc.
- Selecting the pictures, photos, etc.
c. Proof-reading
- Correcting mistakes
- Correcting information
- Matching the pictures, photos to the right material
d. Designing
- Organizing the materials according to topics
- Deciding what to put on the cover pages
- Deciding on the final design
e. Printing & distribution
- Printing enough copies
- Deciding who can distribute the magazine and how

Stage 1:
• The school English teachers and the administration board collaborate to create the English School Language Club.
• The students are notified of the creation of a English School Language Club.
• A deadline is fixed for the candidatures to run the club.

Stage 2:
An inaugural meeting is scheduled to elect the club board members and discuss what activities the club will pursue.
• The elected board members hold a meeting to set up a structure for the club, elect officers and decide who will be responsible for what.
• These members devise a year action plan containing the club activities.

Stage 3:
• The administration notifies the delegation of the creation of the English School language Club and the club action plan of the year.

Dear all,

Welcome to the English Zone blog which is published by the English Club Group. This blog is a reflection of our humble effort to encourage students to write and to make their work available to a wide rang of audience in their school as well as in other schools. It is also a part of our effort to encourage reading among students by publishing beneficial and entertaining materials from different subjects.

For those who are unfamiliar with the English Club, it is a place for language learners to use English in a casual setting outside regular class teaching. English Clubs can take care of the students’ different developmental needs such as their sense of moral values and attitudes, skills and creativity.

The English Group holds a variety of activities during the year, such as writing competition, games, workshops, crafts, and the open day. Thus students can learn to communicate, to co-operate with other people and in addition to enrich their life experience. They will also gain first-hand experience of programme planning and leadership, thus enabling themselves to discover and develop their potential.

Putting together a blog is surely a demanding task that can only succeed with cooperation. Therefore, we would like to thank the teachers and students who have taken time to contribute to this blog, no matter how big or small their roles were. Your input is highly appreciated.

At last, on behalf of the English Group we wish you some happy reading, and we will Kindly accept your comments or suggestions that will help us enhance future works in the blog.

We will now leave you to explore this blog and to plunge into the world of reading. Enjoy.

                                                                              Head, Publication Subgroup
                                                                                   Zainab Al-Yahmedi