Top 25 online courses in Oman – June 2020
We’ve rounded up the top 25 courses in Oman, and included sign-up links to each. Whether you’re looking for your first or latest learning opportunity, you’ll find it here.
Oman has been one of the forerunners of e-learning in the Middle East. With a significant emphasis on IT and education, many people in the country are taking online courses. We have outlined 25 of the top online courses available to help you secure a job in Oman.
1. COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the world works. We are all having to adapt to a new situation, at least until some long-term solutions are found. We launched our COVID-19 course back in March, and it’s been one of our most popular ever since. It gives you everything you need to know about the virus and how it spreads, as well as what we need to do to combat it.
2. Teaching English Online
There are many English teaching jobs available in Oman. It’s a language that’s in high demand across the world. And, with the ever-improving technology at our disposal, online teaching is also becoming popular. With this course, you’ll learn how to transfer your teaching skills to an online environment. You’ll also develop strategies to be an effective online teacher.
3. English for the Workplace
English remains among the most popular languages spoken in the world. More than 1.2 billion speak it, making it a valuable tool in a professional capacity. But the language of the workplace is different from everyday English. This course helps you build your vocabulary and grammar centred around a workplace environment. It’s developed by the British Council and has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
4. How To Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students
If you’re interested in an online job in Oman, teaching could be a great option for you. In the last few months, many teachers have been grappling with how to transfer their teaching methods to a virtual classroom. Even the most experienced practitioners have faced challenges. With this course, we’ve outlined some of the practical steps you can take towards teaching online and supporting your students. It focuses on how to adapt your practice and describes techniques for keeping your students engaged with their work.
5. Understanding IELTS
The IELTS is one of the most popular English assessments in the world, and Oman is home to 12 different test centres, located around the country. The test itself can be challenging, comprising four sections. This program from the British Council has a course each on reading, writing, speaking and listening. It can help you prepare for what to expect from each exam, as well as how to maximise your performance in each.
6. Bacterial Genomes: Disease Outbreaks and Antimicrobial Resistance
Antibiotic resistance is a major global threat. Antibiotics have long been used as a panacea, resulting in the rise of drug-resistant bacteria and superbugs. This course looks at how genome sequencing can help to identify and track these bacteria. You’ll learn about some of the technologies involved, as well as the mechanisms of transmission and resistance.
7. Understanding IELTS: Speaking
The IELTS speaking test is among the trickier of the four assessment areas. Although it only lasts around 14 minutes, you’ll have to work on your comprehension, listening and speaking abilities. This British Council course gives you the opportunity to fully prepare for what to expect during the exam. You’ll also develop strategies that can help you reach your full potential.
8. Understanding IELTS: Writing
There are two tasks you’ll need to complete during the IELTS writing test. Over 60 minutes, you’ll need to write two essays, one describing some visual information, and the other responding to an argument or point of view. There are some tried and tested approaches to this section of the exam, and this course covers them in detail.
9. Driving Value from Data
Data is used across just about every industry to inform decisions and drive productivity. However, it’s also a bit of a buzzword that people throw around without really knowing what it means. On this course, you’ll look at examples of how organisations use data to drive value. You’ll also learn how to identify some of the opportunities within your own organisation.
10. A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study
Over 15,000 students from Oman study at universities and institutions overseas. Many of these go to English-speaking countries for their studies. However, academic writing is often quite different from everyday forms of English. With this course from the University of Reading, you’ll learn some of the vocabulary and grammar you’ll need, as well as how to write in an academic style.
11. Teaching for Success: Learning and Learners
As teachers, continuing professional development (CPD) plays an important role in your career. There are several areas you can focus on for CPD, and for English language teachers, the landscape frequently changes. With this British Council course, you’ll look at four essential areas, including understanding learners and using inclusive practices. You’ll hear from experienced teachers working in classrooms around the world.
12. Exploring English: Shakespeare
The works of William Shakespeare are taught in schools across the world. They’re an important part of the English language and can be used as a tool for improving your skills in the language. With this course from the British Council, you’ll look at the life and works of the playwright. It focuses on five of his most famous plays and includes input from actors and experts from around the world.
13. HR Fundamentals
All successful businesses need a good HR team. They’re essential to protecting the people that make organisations effective. This course looks at some of the fundamentals that HR professionals need in their career. You’ll learn about HR teams and their role within the business, as well as the basics of planning, recruitment and retention. The course has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from our learners.
14. How to Learn Online: Getting Started
Online learning has many benefits. It brings flexibility, freedom, and convenience to your learning journey. However, it can take some adjusting if you’re new to it. You’ll need to develop a study skill set to be effective, and this course can help you develop one. You’ll look at your own learning style, as well as some of the teaching methods you might encounter during your studies.
15. Developing Your Research Project
Research projects present the perfect opportunity for you to show your academic curiosity and creativity. Undertaking such a project gives you the chance to explore your interests in a variety of different subjects. With this course, you’ll learn how to harness your curiosity and apply your creativity in a structured way. You’ll find out about every step of the research process, helping you craft your own successful project.
16. Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson
Planning is what makes a lesson successful. Even the very best teachers rely on a solid structure to make their lessons engaging and accessible to all. Teaching English is no different – you’ll need to thoroughly prepare for your classes to hit home. This course explores some of the key components of lesson planning. It gives you all of the components you’ll need to engage with your students and support their learning journey.
17. Understanding IELTS: Listening
The IELTS listening test takes up 30 minutes of the IELTS exam. During this time, you’ll listen to four recordings and then answer a series of questions. The recordings include monologues and conversations, covering a range of topics. In this British Council course, you’ll explore everything you need to know in preparation for the exam. You’ll develop strategies to approach any listening situation you might face in the exam.
18. Basic English 1: Elementary
Arabic is the official language of Oman. However, English also plays an important role, especially in business and education. Children in Omani school are taught it from an early age, showing how useful knowledge of the language can be. On this popular course, rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, you’ll learn some English for use in everyday situations. It helps work on your basic listening, speaking, and writing skills.
19. Basic English 2: Pre-Intermediate
For those who have already mastered the basics of the English language, a step up is needed. This course is also highly rated and gives learners the chance to build confidence in their English abilities. You’ll expand your range of knowledge, working on your abilities to understand and speak basic English. This includes describing where you live, talking about your routines, and preparing for university.
20. Becoming a Better Teacher: Exploring Professional Development
Learning is a lifelong pursuit, even for teachers. As teaching methods and theory develops, it’s important that you take care of your professional development. Although it can be difficult to work on your skills with a busy schedule, this course aims to help. It helps you gradually work on your professional development, improving your teaching abilities across the board.
21. Blended Learning Essentials: Developing Digital Skills
Many professions now require at least some digital skills. However, there is often a shortage of skilled new starters in many industries. This course is aimed at trainers and teachers who hope to develop other learners’ digital skills. It examines what skills are needed, as well as how you can teach these to people within your organisation.
22. Collaborative Working in a Remote Team
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have been working remotely. It’s a convenient way of staying productive during these uncertain times. However, working from home and remotely brings its own challenges. This course addresses the issue of maintaining communication and collaboration while working away from the office. It explores some of the tools and technologies that can help keep things ticking over.
23. Creating Apps in the Classroom
Digital learning is the next frontier of the classroom. Although it’s becoming more popular, things like educational apps are produced by non-educators. Thankfully, there are platforms that give a user-friendly way of developing apps. This course explores some of the options available, as well as what you need to take a more hands-on role in creating an app for the classroom.
24. COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis
Oman has seen over 24,000 coronavirus cases at the time of writing. Like much of the world, healthcare professionals are doing all they can to understand and combat the virus. Yet nursing in times of crisis is a long-established concept. This course looks at some of the lessons we can learn from nurses working in difficult conditions, and how they can be applied to care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
25. English for Healthcare
For healthcare workers in Oman and abroad, English can be a useful language to have. However, the language of healthcare is often complex and different from that used in everyday situations. This course helps you understand some of the vocabulary and terminology needed to communicate in a healthcare setting. It can help give you the confidence to use your English language skills in such environments.
We hope that this list of courses is useful for those looking to study and secure a job in Oman. If none of these courses call out to you, we have a range of other courses available on our website.