I’m .. & I Become | Self-Affirmations for Personal Growth

I’m .. & I become is a personal log of short, simple and positive self-affirmations which I compiled for personal use. Repeating self-affirmations is like having a direct self-talk and an inner-dialogue with your self and your sub-conscious. 

Each statement is written in the present tense and in the first person “I”.

You’re free to use them for your personal use as empowering mantras to declare specific goals and desires in their completed state.

Wishing you joy and peace


Apple Teacher Badge

Following an online professional development course in Apple Education applications and gadgets; I’m delighted to have just earned the #AppleTeacherbadge @AppleEDU .

To earn your badge and test your skills in using Mac or iPad for education, just head to Apple Teacher and register your details. The course included training and quizzes on the following Mac Applications:

  • Mac
  • Pages
  • Keynote
  • Numbers
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Productivity with Mac
  • Creativity with Mac

Apple Teacher is a free professional learning programme designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things that you learn and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.

Apple Teacher Website

Words of appreciation from our Students

Extremely grateful for the kind words of appreciation from our Advanced #Arabic Masters Students who’re finishing their degree soon at IMES, University of Edinburgh


Over the course of my teaching career and outreach work at the University of East Anglia and then at the University of Edinburgh, I have been very fortunate for my work to be awarded and recognised by my employers and external bodies. While these awards act as positive reinforcements, they have also strengthened my convictions in many areas of my teaching practice, pedagogy, the use of technology in language teaching as well as outreach work. a

  1. U. of Edinburgh Teaching Awards (Nominee) [2021]
  2. Award for Excellence in External Engagement (Runner Up) [2016]
  3. e-Assessment Innovation Award [2011]
  4. Formative e-Assessment Award (Highly Commended) [2011]
  5. eLearning Awards (“Excellence in the Production of e-Learning Content) (Shortlisted) [2009]
  6. Teaching Excellence Award for Innovative Course Design & Teaching Strategies [2004-2005] 

1. University of Edinburgh Teaching Awards (Nominee) [2021]

A big thank you to all my students at @EdUniStudents @LLCatEdinburgh for their kind nominations in the EUSA #TeachingAwards 2021 in “Outstanding Innovation in Digital Teaching” and “Teacher of the Year

Totally unexpected and extremely grateful and humbled

2. Award for Excellence in External Engagement (Runner Up) [2016]

  • Awarding BodyCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, U. of Edinburgh
  • When: 28th September 2016
  • The Award: “This Award will focus on an aspect of a broad range of engagement/outreach activities which might include engaging new audiences with the work of the University or outreach to support a wider community.”
  • “The runner-up of the Award for Excellence in External Engagement was Mr Mourad Diouri from the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures. Mourad was nominated for his outstanding efforts in organising the first Edinburgh Arab Festival which aimed to open up a new forum inviting the community to experience the beauty, diversity and richness of the Arab World. The festival was highly praised and allowed visitors to gain insight into Arab Culture through live and scheduled workshops, speeches and seminars in poetry, storytelling, film screenings, food tasting and much more. “It was a great pleasure to take part in the first ever Edinburgh Arab Festival. I was humbled by the organisers’ efforts to achieve many events in a very short period of time, it was a testament of their commitment and hard work.”

Source: 2016 College Recognition Awards 



3. e-Assessment Innovation Award (Winner) [2011]

  • Awarding Body: e-Assessment Association, Scotland
  • When: 25-26th Aug2011
  • The Award: According to the e-Assessment Association, this overarching category combined elements of formative, summative, mobile, facilitating assessment and e-portfolio in e-Assessment. The Scottish e-Assessment Award for Innovation highlighted an example of best practice in e-Assessment, which clearly demonstrated the full potential of the technology and its practical application. Harnessing Social Web 2.0 Tools for Continuous e-Assessment of Language Learners, University of Edinburgh
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4. Formative e-Assessment Award (Highly Commended) [2011]

  • Awarding Body: e-Assessment Association, Scotland
  • When: 25-26th Aug 2011
  • The Award: According to the e-Assessment Association, this category involved the process of evaluating learner progress which is used to modify learning and teaching. The winner clearly demonstrated how technology has been used for the practice of formative e-Assessment.

5. eLearning Awards (Shortlisted for “Excellence in the Production of e-Learning Content) [2009]

  • Awarding Body: eLearning Age, BizMedia Ltd, UK
  • When: 29 Sep 2009
  • Award Submission: Harnessing Social Web 2.0 Tools for Continuous e-Assessment of Language Learners
  • The Award: “This award recognised the excellent content that enabled learning for those working in the not-for-profit sector. Excellence was judged on: the contribution made to individual learning and performance; the views of learners and other key stakeholders; the impact on organisational performance”
  • According to the the judges’ feedback, they were impressed with the eLearning agenda in general and how it had a positive impact on students.  The judges noted that CASAW (Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World) was the only shortlisted institution to use the widest variety and selection of tools and technologies to deliver eLearning.
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 6. Teaching Excellence Award for Innovative Course Design & Teaching Strategies [2004-2005]

  • Awarding Body: University of East Anglia, School of Language and Communication Studies, UK
  • When: July 2005
  • The Award: “The way that Mourad Diouri (LLT) managed to design the school’s Arabic course from scratch particularly impressed the panel. His students appreciate the way he brings the Arab world and its culture alive and 6the meticulous planning he puts into seminars”
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Source: Broadway July 2015 (The University of East Anglia’s Newsletter)