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Wednesday, March 8
 

09:00

PRE-CONF PDC 1 - Session 1: Advancing through research
A traditional definition of what constitutes a research literate teacher is one which states that teachers should be regularly able to engage with and explore the implications of research, and that students should be entitled to lessons which are informed by the best research-based evidence. But what does it mean to individual teachers to be ‘research literate’ in their field? It is only after finding a satisfactory answer to this initial question that they can gauge how literate they are and determine what they can do to become more so. Dudley Reynolds, the current President of TESOL International Association will lead the first session of this full-day development course, by focusing on how teachers can advance in the profession through research and learn how increased knowledge and understanding about research can make them better teachers. In the second session, David Palfreyman will draw distinctions between the different approaches to research data collection to facilitate teachers aligning their approach as closely as possible to the purpose and context of their research. After lunch, Daniel Xerri will discuss ways to embrace the wealth of research available so that, rather than being overwhelmed by it, teachers have the means to select and synthesise by being able to identify the relevance for and connection to their personal professional context. Christine Coombe will lead the final session with considerations of key philosophical obstacles teachers face finding a practical definition of research that provides them with a basis to investigate and, thus, improve their classroom practice.

Speakers
DR

Dudley Reynolds

Carnegie Mellon University in Doha
Dudley Reynolds is the 2016-17 President of the TESOL International Association and a Teaching Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar where he teaches first-year writing. His research focuses on the development, assessment, and teaching of second language reading and writing. He is the author of One on One with Second Language Writers: A Guide for Writing Tutors, Teachers, and Consultants (University of Michigan... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2017 09:00 - 10:30
Salon 1

09:00

PRE-CONF PDC 2 - Session 1: Creating a successful mentoring relationship
For a teacher to become a leader in the field of TESOL, it is not enough to have leadership potential, or notable skills. Future teacher leaders must also have the knowledge and motivation to coach and mentor others with whom they work. Mentoring has often traditionally been framed within a context of seasoned teachers taking on a leadership or advisory role with new teachers. The relationship has most typically revolved around the practical development of teaching skills. However, recent research suggests that leadership development that incorporates mentoring and coaching is just as necessary in order to assist those teachers in becoming effective leaders in their professional communities. Coaching and mentoring seek to nurture leaders through a combination of theory and practice, predicated on reciprocal respect, a solid code of ethics and a strong perception of the core abilities necessary to lead forward the specific organization. In this PDC course, Sufian Abu-Rmaileh, Kathy O’Sullivan, Phil Quirke and Mohammed Azaza and Sonia Elhaj will explore what constitutes effective mentoring and coaching among teacher leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Sufian Abu-Rmaileh

Sufian Abu-Rmaileh

UAE University
Dr. Abu-Rmaileh is an English Lecturer at UAEU, winning awards as a leader, researcher and teacher. He is a presenter, invited and plenary speaker at local, national and international conferences.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 09:00 - 10:30
Salon 2

09:00

PRE-CONF PDC 3 - Session 1: Using Audience Response System tools to engage students during formative assessments
Technology is now at the centre of everything we do both in our personal and professional lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the UAE, where, according to the World Bank (2015), subscriptions to mobile phones per 100 people have left both the UK and the USA far behind in the ratings. Even more dramatically, if smart-phone penetration is the criterion, this tiny country is ranked third in the world. A considerable number of those devices are in the hands, pockets and handbags of our students. Yet, despite this, teacher training programmes often fail to attribute sufficient importance to the provision of training in the effective use of technology in teaching. Recognising that they are ‘digital immigrants’, teachers know that it does not all come naturally to them and that they are often far less skilled than the ‘digital natives’ who now sit in their classrooms. That can cause frustration, tension and inhibition. In keeping with the dynamic fast- paced eclecticism of the digital environment, TESOL Arabia brings together an unprecedentedly large line-up of presenters in this full-day PDC course. Sarah Whittaker, Ameera Hayay, Faith Nightingale, Dawn Murray, Bashaer Al Kilani, and Sebah Al-Ali ping points of interest on a whistle-stop trip along the digital highway.

Speakers

Wednesday March 8, 2017 09:00 - 10:30
Salon 3

11:00

PRE-CONF PDC 3 - Session 2A: Following a systematic model in asynchronous discussion activities to enhance discipline-specific language
Technology is now at the centre of everything we do both in our personal and professional lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the UAE, where, according to the World Bank (2015), subscriptions to mobile phones per 100 people have left both the UK and the USA far behind in the ratings. Even more dramatically, if smart-phone penetration is the criterion, this tiny country is ranked third in the world. A considerable number of those devices are in the hands, pockets and handbags of our students. Yet, despite this, teacher training programmes often fail to attribute sufficient importance to the provision of training in the effective use of technology in teaching. Recognising that they are ‘digital immigrants’, teachers know that it does not all come naturally to them and that they are often far less skilled than the ‘digital natives’ who now sit in their classrooms. That can cause frustration, tension and inhibition. In keeping with the dynamic fast- paced eclecticism of the digital environment, TESOL Arabia brings together an unprecedentedly large line-up of presenters in this full-day PDC course. Sarah Whittaker, Ameera Hayay, Faith Nightingale, Dawn Murray, Bashaer Al Kilani, and Sebah Al-Ali ping points of interest on a whistle-stop trip along the digital highway.

Speakers

Wednesday March 8, 2017 11:00 - 11:45
Salon 3

11:00

PRE-CONF PDC 1 - Session 2: Choosing your research methodology
A traditional definition of what constitutes a research literate teacher is one which states that teachers should be regularly able to engage with and explore the implications of research, and that students should be entitled to lessons which are informed by the best research-based evidence. But what does it mean to individual teachers to be ‘research literate’ in their field? It is only after finding a satisfactory answer to this initial question that they can gauge how literate they are and determine what they can do to become more so. Dudley Reynolds, the current President of TESOL International Association will lead the first session of this full-day development course, by focusing on how teachers can advance in the profession through research and learn how increased knowledge and understanding about research can make them better teachers. In the second session, David Palfreyman will draw distinctions between the different approaches to research data collection to facilitate teachers aligning their approach as closely as possible to the purpose and context of their research. After lunch, Daniel Xerri will discuss ways to embrace the wealth of research available so that, rather than being overwhelmed by it, teachers have the means to select and synthesise by being able to identify the relevance for and connection to their personal professional context. Christine Coombe will lead the final session with considerations of key philosophical obstacles teachers face finding a practical definition of research that provides them with a basis to investigate and, thus, improve their classroom practice.

Speakers
DP

David Palfreyman

Zayed University
David Palfreyman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Zayed University, Dubai. He holds a PhD in Language Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury.  Before moving to Dubai he worked in ESOL teacher training and development in Turkey and in the UK, and taught EFL in Italy and Spain. His research interests include translingual literacy, vocabulary learning and the contributions of sociocultural... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2017 11:00 - 12:30
Salon 1

11:00

PRE-CONF PDC 2 - Session 2: Mentoring for leadership: the forgotten aspect of mentoring
For a teacher to become a leader in the field of TESOL, it is not enough to have leadership potential, or notable skills. Future teacher leaders must also have the knowledge and motivation to coach and mentor others with whom they work. Mentoring has often traditionally been framed within a context of seasoned teachers taking on a leadership or advisory role with new teachers. The relationship has most typically revolved around the practical development of teaching skills. However, recent research suggests that leadership development that incorporates mentoring and coaching is just as necessary in order to assist those teachers in becoming effective leaders in their professional communities. Coaching and mentoring seek to nurture leaders through a combination of theory and practice, predicated on reciprocal respect, a solid code of ethics and a strong perception of the core abilities necessary to lead forward the specific organization. In this PDC course, Sufian Abu-Rmaileh, Kathy O’Sullivan, Phil Quirke and Mohammed Azaza and Sonia Elhaj will explore what constitutes effective mentoring and coaching among teacher leaders.

Speakers
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Kathy O'Sullivan

Southern University of Science and Technology
Kathy O’Sullivan is the Director of the Center for Language Education at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Shenzhen, China. She is the first non-Chinese national to hold such a management position in a mainland Chinese university. She is also a special advisor to the UNESCO International Centre for Higher Education Innovation in Shenzhen (ICHEI-SHENZHEN), China, which focuses on the development of innovation and ICT... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2017 11:00 - 12:30
Salon 2

11:45

PRE-CONF PDC 3 - Session 2B: Using technology to motivate and promote autonomy in the classroom
Technology is now at the centre of everything we do both in our personal and professional lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the UAE, where, according to the World Bank (2015), subscriptions to mobile phones per 100 people have left both the UK and the USA far behind in the ratings. Even more dramatically, if smart-phone penetration is the criterion, this tiny country is ranked third in the world. A considerable number of those devices are in the hands, pockets and handbags of our students. Yet, despite this, teacher training programmes often fail to attribute sufficient importance to the provision of training in the effective use of technology in teaching. Recognising that they are ‘digital immigrants’, teachers know that it does not all come naturally to them and that they are often far less skilled than the ‘digital natives’ who now sit in their classrooms. That can cause frustration, tension and inhibition. In keeping with the dynamic fast- paced eclecticism of the digital environment, TESOL Arabia brings together an unprecedentedly large line-up of presenters in this full-day PDC course. Sarah Whittaker, Ameera Hayay, Faith Nightingale, Dawn Murray, Bashaer Al Kilani, and Sebah Al-Ali ping points of interest on a whistle-stop trip along the digital highway.

Speakers
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Faith Nightingale

IAT
MA/DELTA qualified, EFL lecturer specializing in teaching tertiary level students. Experience at Middle East universities, designing bespoke courses and exam preparation. Interests include educational technology, curriculum design,ESP and teacher development.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
Salon 3

14:00

PRE-CONF PDC 3 - Session 3A: Macro to micro: the listening skill shift
Technology is now at the centre of everything we do both in our personal and professional lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the UAE, where, according to the World Bank (2015), subscriptions to mobile phones per 100 people have left both the UK and the USA far behind in the ratings. Even more dramatically, if smart-phone penetration is the criterion, this tiny country is ranked third in the world. A considerable number of those devices are in the hands, pockets and handbags of our students. Yet, despite this, teacher training programmes often fail to attribute sufficient importance to the provision of training in the effective use of technology in teaching. Recognising that they are ‘digital immigrants’, teachers know that it does not all come naturally to them and that they are often far less skilled than the ‘digital natives’ who now sit in their classrooms. That can cause frustration, tension and inhibition. In keeping with the dynamic fast- paced eclecticism of the digital environment, TESOL Arabia brings together an unprecedentedly large line-up of presenters in this full-day PDC course. Sarah Whittaker, Ameera Hayay, Faith Nightingale, Dawn Murray, Bashaer Al Kilani, and Sebah Al-Ali ping points of interest on a whistle-stop trip along the digital highway.

Speakers
DM

Dawn Murray

HCT - Dubai Men's College
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Wednesday March 8, 2017 14:00 - 14:45
Salon 3

14:00

PRE-CONF PDC 1 - Session 3: Reflecting on research
A traditional definition of what constitutes a research literate teacher is one which states that teachers should be regularly able to engage with and explore the implications of research, and that students should be entitled to lessons which are informed by the best research-based evidence. But what does it mean to individual teachers to be ‘research literate’ in their field? It is only after finding a satisfactory answer to this initial question that they can gauge how literate they are and determine what they can do to become more so. Dudley Reynolds, the current President of TESOL International Association will lead the first session of this full-day development course, by focusing on how teachers can advance in the profession through research and learn how increased knowledge and understanding about research can make them better teachers. In the second session, David Palfreyman will draw distinctions between the different approaches to research data collection to facilitate teachers aligning their approach as closely as possible to the purpose and context of their research. After lunch, Daniel Xerri will discuss ways to embrace the wealth of research available so that, rather than being overwhelmed by it, teachers have the means to select and synthesise by being able to identify the relevance for and connection to their personal professional context. Christine Coombe will lead the final session with considerations of key philosophical obstacles teachers face finding a practical definition of research that provides them with a basis to investigate and, thus, improve their classroom practice.

Speakers
DX

Daniel Xerri

University of Malta
Daniel Xerri is a lecturer in TESOL at the University of Malta, the Joint Coordinator of the IATEFL Research SIG, and the chairperson of the ELT Council within the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta. He holds postgraduate degrees in English and Applied Linguistics, as well as a PhD in Education from the University of York. He has been awarded a number of international grants in order to conduct research in the United Kingdom... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
Salon 1

14:00

PRE-CONF PDC 2 - Session 3: A DREAM management approach to mentoring
For a teacher to become a leader in the field of TESOL, it is not enough to have leadership potential, or notable skills. Future teacher leaders must also have the knowledge and motivation to coach and mentor others with whom they work. Mentoring has often traditionally been framed within a context of seasoned teachers taking on a leadership or advisory role with new teachers. The relationship has most typically revolved around the practical development of teaching skills. However, recent research suggests that leadership development that incorporates mentoring and coaching is just as necessary in order to assist those teachers in becoming effective leaders in their professional communities. Coaching and mentoring seek to nurture leaders through a combination of theory and practice, predicated on reciprocal respect, a solid code of ethics and a strong perception of the core abilities necessary to lead forward the specific organization. In this PDC course, Sufian Abu-Rmaileh, Kathy O’Sullivan, Phil Quirke and Mohammed Azaza and Sonia Elhaj will explore what constitutes effective mentoring and coaching among teacher leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Quirke

Phil Quirke

Executive Dean of General Studies and Education, Higher Colleges of Technology
Dr Phil Quirke is currently Executive Dean of Education and General Studies, Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. From 2006 – 2012 he was the founding Director of Madinat Zayed and Ruwais Colleges, Higher Colleges of Technology in the Western Region of the UAE. From 2000-2006 he was Dean of General Education, Business and Applied Communications at Abu Dhabi Men’s College having moved from the Women’s Campus where he was Chair of... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
Salon 2

14:45

PRE-CONF PDC 3 - Session 3B: Game-based learning: turning gaming into a studentcentred approach to learning
Technology is now at the centre of everything we do both in our personal and professional lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the UAE, where, according to the World Bank (2015), subscriptions to mobile phones per 100 people have left both the UK and the USA far behind in the ratings. Even more dramatically, if smart-phone penetration is the criterion, this tiny country is ranked third in the world. A considerable number of those devices are in the hands, pockets and handbags of our students. Yet, despite this, teacher training programmes often fail to attribute sufficient importance to the provision of training in the effective use of technology in teaching. Recognising that they are ‘digital immigrants’, teachers know that it does not all come naturally to them and that they are often far less skilled than the ‘digital natives’ who now sit in their classrooms. That can cause frustration, tension and inhibition. In keeping with the dynamic fast- paced eclecticism of the digital environment, TESOL Arabia brings together an unprecedentedly large line-up of presenters in this full-day PDC course. Sarah Whittaker, Ameera Hayay, Faith Nightingale, Dawn Murray, Bashaer Al Kilani, and Sebah Al-Ali ping points of interest on a whistle-stop trip along the digital highway.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
Salon 3

15:45

PRE-CONF PDC 1 - Session 4: Teacher research engagement: Primary motivators and obstacles
A traditional definition of what constitutes a research literate teacher is one which states that teachers should be regularly able to engage with and explore the implications of research, and that students should be entitled to lessons which are informed by the best research-based evidence. But what does it mean to individual teachers to be ‘research literate’ in their field? It is only after finding a satisfactory answer to this initial question that they can gauge how literate they are and determine what they can do to become more so. Dudley Reynolds, the current President of TESOL International Association will lead the first session of this full-day development course, by focusing on how teachers can advance in the profession through research and learn how increased knowledge and understanding about research can make them better teachers. In the second session, David Palfreyman will draw distinctions between the different approaches to research data collection to facilitate teachers aligning their approach as closely as possible to the purpose and context of their research. After lunch, Daniel Xerri will discuss ways to embrace the wealth of research available so that, rather than being overwhelmed by it, teachers have the means to select and synthesise by being able to identify the relevance for and connection to their personal professional context. Christine Coombe will lead the final session with considerations of key philosophical obstacles teachers face finding a practical definition of research that provides them with a basis to investigate and, thus, improve their classroom practice.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Coombe

Christine Coombe

Dubai Men's College
Dr Christine Coombe is a faculty member at Dubai Men's College where she teaches research methods. She has served TESOL Arabia in many capacities including Co-chair of this conference.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 15:45 - 17:15
Salon 1

15:45

PRE-CONF PDC 2 - Session 4: Coaching for effective teaching and learning
For a teacher to become a leader in the field of TESOL, it is not enough to have leadership potential, or notable skills. Future teacher leaders must also have the knowledge and motivation to coach and mentor others with whom they work. Mentoring has often traditionally been framed within a context of seasoned teachers taking on a leadership or advisory role with new teachers. The relationship has most typically revolved around the practical development of teaching skills. However, recent research suggests that leadership development that incorporates mentoring and coaching is just as necessary in order to assist those teachers in becoming effective leaders in their professional communities. Coaching and mentoring seek to nurture leaders through a combination of theory and practice, predicated on reciprocal respect, a solid code of ethics and a strong perception of the core abilities necessary to lead forward the specific organization. In this PDC course, Sufian Abu-Rmaileh, Kathy O’Sullivan, Phil Quirke and Mohammed Azaza and Sonia Elhaj will explore what constitutes effective mentoring and coaching among teacher leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Mohamed Azaza

Mohamed Azaza

ADNOC Technical Institute
Mohamed Azaza holds an MSc in TESOL from Aston University and DELTA from The University of Cambridge.
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Sonia Elhaj

Founder & Coach, Sonia Elhaj Coaching©
Sonia Elhaj, MA. CPCC. holds the prestigious Co-Active Coach Certification and is an active member of the ICF (International Coach Federation). Sonia provides life coaching, career empowerment, and entrepreneurial mentorship to coaches and educators. After an impactful journey in academia, career advising and liberal studies teaching in higher-education in the MENA region, she has founded Sonia Elhaj Coaching© | In addition to being a graduate... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2017 15:45 - 17:15
Salon 2

15:45

PRE-CONF PDC 3 - Session 4: Transforming curriculum through e-learning environments – the case of SoftChalk
Technology is now at the centre of everything we do both in our personal and professional lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the UAE, where, according to the World Bank (2015), subscriptions to mobile phones per 100 people have left both the UK and the USA far behind in the ratings. Even more dramatically, if smart-phone penetration is the criterion, this tiny country is ranked third in the world. A considerable number of those devices are in the hands, pockets and handbags of our students. Yet, despite this, teacher training programmes often fail to attribute sufficient importance to the provision of training in the effective use of technology in teaching. Recognising that they are ‘digital immigrants’, teachers know that it does not all come naturally to them and that they are often far less skilled than the ‘digital natives’ who now sit in their classrooms. That can cause frustration, tension and inhibition. In keeping with the dynamic fast- paced eclecticism of the digital environment, TESOL Arabia brings together an unprecedentedly large line-up of presenters in this full-day PDC course. Sarah Whittaker, Ameera Hayay, Faith Nightingale, Dawn Murray, Bashaer Al Kilani, and Sebah Al-Ali ping points of interest on a whistle-stop trip along the digital highway.

Speakers
avatar for Sebah Al-Ali

Sebah Al-Ali

Sharjah Women's College
A language teacher who tries to make learning fun and engaging. She's also an Apple Distinguished Educator and a web developer.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 15:45 - 17:15
Salon 3
 
Thursday, March 9
 

10:00

Advancing as an ELT Professional
Speakers
DR

Dudley Reynolds

Carnegie Mellon University in Doha
Dudley Reynolds is the 2016-17 President of the TESOL International Association and a Teaching Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar where he teaches first-year writing. His research focuses on the development, assessment, and teaching of second language reading and writing. He is the author of One on One with Second Language Writers: A Guide for Writing Tutors, Teachers, and Consultants (University of Michigan... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Samaya Ballroom B

11:00

Networking Break
Thursday March 9, 2017 11:00 - 11:15
Samaya Ballroom B

11:15

Complexity in Writing
Speakers
DP

David Palfreyman

Zayed University
David Palfreyman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Zayed University, Dubai. He holds a PhD in Language Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury.  Before moving to Dubai he worked in ESOL teacher training and development in Turkey and in the UK, and taught EFL in Italy and Spain. His research interests include translingual literacy, vocabulary learning and the contributions of sociocultural... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Samaya Ballroom B

11:15

Group Therapy: Collaborative Solutions for ESL Teachers
You are stressed due to multiple issues in your classroom, when speaking to your colleagues, you know that they are experiencing the same problems. How do you discuss your problems in a productive way? How do you devise actionable solutions and implement them in your classroom? Intended audience: ESL teachers

Speakers
CL

Charlotte Lewis

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
Charlotte is currently working for the English Curriculum Department in the UAE. She has previously worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in Malaysia and South Korea.
ZS

Zachary Smith

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
Zachary is currently working for the English Curriculum Department in the UAE. He has previously taught in the Russian Federation and at the University of Missouri in the United States.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Salon 7

11:15

Language Learning Through Metaphors
Happy is up. Sad is down. Time moves forwards. These are categories of spatial metaphors so common in English phrasal verbs and idiomatic language. We will examine technique in which language learners can understand and use idioms and phrasal verbs through first learning metaphorical themes embedded in the language.

Speakers
SP

Scott Poteet

SESP
Scott Poteet teaches English at Saudi Electricity Services Polytechnic. He has taught with Amideast, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the US Peace Corps.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Junior Suite 2

11:15

Teachers’ Perceptions Towards their Professional Development
Several key factors can influence teachers’ perceptions towards their professional development experiences. The presenter will describe how she used a mixed method research design to investigate teachers’ perceptions towards their professional development and the factors that shape these perceptions. Intended audience: teacher trainers and school administrators.

Speakers
RA

Rabab Atwi

United Arab Emirates University
My name is Rabab Atwi. I graduated from United Arab Emirates University in 2016 where I earned my MA Degree. I am currently working as a curriculum coordinator.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Executive Suite 4

11:15

Conceptualising EMI in an International UK University
This study investigates university content teachers’ beliefs about using English as a medium of instruction in their teaching and assessment practices. Interview and classroom observation are used to manage the current work. The findings are expected to add more to earlier studies on English in multilingual higher educational institutions.

Speakers
avatar for Sami Al-Hasnawi

Sami Al-Hasnawi

University of Al-Qadisiyah
I am a lecturer at Al Qadisiyiah University in Iraq. I have a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southampton/UK. My research interests are ELF/EMI and teacher education.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Junior Suite 1

11:15

Critical Thinking in the Language Classroom
This session looks at practical ways in which teachers can help students improve their critical thinking skills. A number of activities are presented: solving problems , distinguishing fact from opinion, finding chains of reasoning, analysing data and building strong arguments. Using 'thinking frameworks’ to organise ideas is also discussed .

Speakers
RH

Richard Harrison

Canford Publishing
Richard Harrison is an author, publisher and teacher-trainer based in Oman. His many publications include Framework: Academic Writing and Critical Thinking (Canford Publishing), Keep Writing and New English Please (Pearson).


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Samaya Ballroom C

11:15

ESL, EFL or EMI? The Gulf decides…
This session considers research into which type of English tuition best suits current and future Gulf Arab learners in higher education. The presenters will draw on their doctoral research to propose a needs-driven model for English language teaching. Audience participation in the ensuing discussion is welcomed.

Speakers
avatar for Mick King

Mick King

Lecturer, CCQ
Dr. Mick King's 26-year career in TESOL has involved management, teaching and research. An active contributor to TESOL Arabia, he has served the organization in a number of roles. This conference he is presenting, moderating a discussion and acting as a Conference Ambassador.
MM

Mouhamad Mouhanna

UAE University
Dr Mouhamad Mouhanna is a lecturer at the UAE University. His research interests include language policy and bilingualism and is regular presenter at many international conferences._x000D_ | _x000D_ | _x000D_ | _x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Salon 5

11:15

Investigating Gulf Arab Students Assessment Preferences
The presentation reports on the findings of a study which aims to gain insight into Gulf Arab EFL students’ preferences when being assessed in their university-level English courses and to investigate if gender and degree of test anxiety have an impact on these preferences.

Speakers
MA

Mashael Al-Hamly

Kuwait University
Mashael has a Ph.D. in Computer Assisted Language Learning from the University of East Anglia. She is an Associate Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics at Kuwait University.
avatar for Christine Coombe

Christine Coombe

Dubai Men's College
Dr Christine Coombe is a faculty member at Dubai Men's College where she teaches research methods. She has served TESOL Arabia in many capacities including Co-chair of this conference.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Samaya Ballroom D

11:15

Language attitudes, perceptions and identity in Qatar
This presentation will focus on a study investigating Qatari university students’ attitudes and perceptions toward English, Modern Standard Arabic, and Arabic dialects. The presenter will discuss findings based on a background questionnaire, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups with Arabic–English bilingual students in Qatar's Education City. Intended audience: Researchers.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Hillman

Sara Hillman

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar
Dr. Sara Hillman is an Assistant Professor of ESL at Texas A&M University at Qatar.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Salon 6

11:15

Negative Transfer of L1 on English Writing
Language transfer has long been a controversial topic in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and language teaching. This paper examines L1 negative transfer in the written production of Armenian learners of English. It also provides practical solutions to mitigate L1 interferences through the analysis of different types of negative transfer.

Speakers
LE

Lilianna Edilyan

American University of Armenia
Lilianna Edilyan earned her diploma at Moscow State Linguistic University and MA in TEFL at the American University of Armenia and is currently a lecturer at AUA.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Hospitality Suite

11:15

Scenario-based Learning for EFL Teacher Education
In EFL contexts, teacher education can be best addressed through a more interactive and compelling skill-based programs. The presenter will explore issues related to the implementation of a Scenario-based learning(SDL) based program within EFL teacher instruction, Particularly; design, effectiveness, limitations,and recommendations. Intended audience: teacher trainers.

Speakers
HA

Heba Abdullah

Cairo University
She is a TEFL lecturer at Faculty of Graduate Studies for Education. In 2013, she got the Best Ph.D Dissertation Award, Cairo University. She has supervised on many dissertations.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Junior Suite 3

11:15

The Growing Role of Video in Education
If a picture is worth 1,000 words then how many words is a video worth? Does video have a place in your classroom, and if so, how? These and other questions will be addressed in this session. Attendees can be first time users of video or seasoned veterans.

Speakers
avatar for Wade Muncil

Wade Muncil

English Lecturer, Osaka Jogakuin University
Wade Muncil has experience teaching in UAE and Japan. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from SIT and his current interests are the documenting and preserving of the great cultures of our planet and promoting community service.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Salon 3

11:15

Using online resources to differentiate and maximize-instruction
Reading skills for children are critical for future academic and personal growth. In this session, we will be discussing some principles for teaching reading and Learning A-Z’s focus upon teachers and their differentiation of instruction to improve student reading performance.

Speakers
KP

Kostas Pexos

Learning A-Z
Kostas Pexos is currently working with Learning A-Z as an international curriculum consultant and teacher trainer.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Salon 2

11:15

Using TAPs to investigate students' reading strategies
This presentation reports a study undertaken at United Arab Emirates University. The study employs a think-aloud protocol (TAP) procedure to investigate the reading strategies used by Arabic-speaking undergraduates when reading academic texts in English. Intended audience: Reading instructors.

Speakers
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Martin Endley

UAEU
Martin Endley is a member of the Department of Linguistics at UAE University. His research interests include L2 reading strategies, written corrective feedback on L2 writing and error gravity.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Sahab 2

11:15

IN-CONF PDC 1 - Session 1: Academic language features in the content areas: Learning language, learning content
Speakers
LD

Luciana de Oliveira

University of Miami
Luciana C. de Oliveira, Ph.D., is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, Florida. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching English language learners (ELLs) at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. Her latest books... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Salon 1

11:15

English Course for Beginning Young Learners
Young learners’ attitude towards the new language should be positive. This session shares the experience of creating a course for 7/9-year-old true beginners engaging them in songs, stories games, arts and crafts. The course mainly aims to develop students' listening and speaking skills.

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Mariam Yeghiazaryan

American University of Armenia
Mariam Yeghiazaryan is an MA TEFL student at the American University of Armenia. Her main interests lie in teaching English.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Salon 4

11:15

Multimodal Literacy; student and teacher practice
This paper examines how students learning English as a second language(ESL) engage with a multimodal reading pedagogy implemented by their English teacher, and if this pedagogy has the potential to afford students with a deeper comprehension of the text. The study also investigates how collaborative teaching affects teacher development.

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Martina Gilmartin

English Professor, Wenzhou-Kean University
Martina Gilmartin has been teaching English in Asia for the past 8 years. She has taught in South Korea, Malaysia, and China. She graduated with an MA TESOL from Lancaster University, UK. She is currently a professor of English at Wenzhou-Kean University, China.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Executive Suite 1

11:15

Online peer assessment to enhance writing skills
Recent online peer assessment tools offer an opportunity to facilitate improvements in English learners’ writing skills, without significantly increasing teacher marking loads. This presentation will explore how one such tool, Moodle Workshop, has been used at an English-medium university in China. Intended audience: teachers of (academic) English writing.

Speakers
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Eoin Jordan

Acting Director, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Eoin Jordan is currently the Acting Director of the Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University Language Centre. His research interests include educational technology, peer assessment, vocabulary acquisition, and English as a Lingua Franca.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Sahab 1

11:15

Teaching Specialist Subjects Through English Language Immersion
Teaching specialised subjects through English language immersion can lead to challenges in both curriculum content and English language proficiency levels. This presentation will highlight the need for scaffolding and modelling course concepts to ensure the material is accessible to all learners, while providing examples of techniques to support this.

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Ella Fitzgibbon

Ministry of Education
Ella taught students from K – G12 in the ESL community, before becoming a teacher trainer in Malaysia. Ella is currently working as a Business Studies curriculum development specialist.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Salon 8

11:15

Translanguaging Practices in a College Writing Course
Drawing on translanguage theories (Garcia, 2009), this presentation explores the use of select translanguaging practices in a EAP university composition class in Cyprus. The presentation illuminates one lecturer\'s adaptation of the writing methodology of essay planning to translanguaging practice and the responses of the students to this change.

Speakers
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Katherine Fincham-Louis

Lecturer, University of Nicosia
I am an English Language practioner turned lecturer with over twenty-five years experience in teaching. Research interests include bilingualism and multilingualism, social justice research methods, immigrant and migrant rights, language and identity.


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15 - 12:00
Executive Suite 2

12:00

Engage Minds With Socrative
Using an online student response system (OSRS) through Socrative is one of the most appropriate tool to create engaging environment. How can Socrative increase student engagement? What is the impact of using Socrative in student learning experience? Intended audience: language skills teachers.

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Rahma Al Alawi

Ibri College of Technology
Rahma Al Alawi holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is currently teaching at Ibri College of Technology in the Sultanate of Oman.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Executive Suite 1

12:00

Features of Connected Speech
This workshop identifies the features of connected speech and discusses the reasons why these might cause problems for learners. The session involves participants in a number of activities aimed provide students with practice in developing listening and speaking skills with a focus on recognising and producing \'natural\' English.

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Justin Kernot

Coordinator Foundation, Qatar University
Justin has a keen interest in teacher training and professional development. He has recently launched TEFL Qatar, an associate of IATEFL.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Executive Suite 4

12:00

Holistic Rubric: Assessing Academic Writing Tasks
The session will explore the role of a holistic scoring rubric in assessing academic writing tasks. Participants will have hands-on scoring practice using sample items from the TOEFL iBT® test. It will also focus on simplifying the rubric for practical classroom use.

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Jane Ponce De Leon-Yu

Amideast
Jane Ponce De Leon-Yu is an experienced EFL instructor and certifuewho has been constantly presenting at ELT conferences such as TESOL Arabia.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Sahab 1

12:00

Integrating Mobile Technology in the Classroom
As language teachers are increasingly expected to incorporate technology in their classroom teaching. This workshop will explore a number of mobile device based tasks and activities, which can not only enhance our learners’ English language skills, but can also help develop mobile literacy. BYOD (bring your own device).

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Ferhana Thagia

Sultan Qaboos University
Ferhana Thagia is a Senior Language Lecturer at the Language Centre, Sultan Qaboos University. Her research interest focuses on educational technology and e-learning.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 8

12:00

New methods, new materials: vocabulary, IELTS, grammar
In this session, participants will try out some new materials and methods Gary has developed, which all have a somewhat novel way of looking at language teaching. They will be of interest to teachers of vocabulary, IELTS, and grammar, and to teachers who value innovation and variety in their teaching.

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Gary Pathare

HCT Dubai Men's College
Gary Pathare (M.Ed. TESOL): teacher (currently DMC Foundations); materials and exam writer including OUPs Milestones (two levels), New Headway Academic Skills, Headway Plus writing micro-skills, BC Aptis test; teacher trainer.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 3

12:00

Practical Transitions from Theories to Integrated Activities
This interactive workshop will focus on the practical transition of second language learning from theories to pedagogical practices. The intended outcome of this workshop is to engage the participants with effectively tested, hands-on, fun and engaging activities that will enhance and enrich their young learners' second language acquisition.

Speakers
avatar for Hiba  Darwish

Hiba Darwish

English Language coordinator, Global International School
Miss Hiba Darwish is an English Language coordinator at GIS, Jeddah, KSA. She has a BA in English Language and Literature. She has 12 years of experience in Teaching EFL.
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Hussam Rajab

English Language Institute (ELI) - King Abdulaziz University (KAU)
Hussam Rajab is the Head of Research Unit at the English Language Institute at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA. He is also a TESOL Doctorate candidate at Exeter University (UK).


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Executive Suite 2

12:00

THINK! Developing Language Skills Through Thinking Routines
Language teaching should go beyond language acquisition. Thinking routines support students' linguistic skills and teach them to think about their thinking, turning this into a habit. This is a practical approach to adapting these simple, yet powerful, ready-to-use strategies in order to match the learning needs of English language learners.

Speakers
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Mariana Hernandez Naufal

ELL Coordinator, AISA
Mariana Hernandez currently leads the ELL Department at AISA, in Abu Dhabi. She has more than 16 years in education, 10 of which have been devoted to language acquisition.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Junior Suite 3

12:00

Thinking: Fake It Till You Make It
Do you use critical thinking in the classroom? Are you interested in it? If yes, come enrich this presentation. If no, or not sure, join in and learn about one of the most important 21st century skills. The presenter will offer applicable and creative ways of critical thinking.

Speakers
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Rania Zaki Ahmed

English Language Teacher\ Teachers' Trainer, National Institutes
Rania zaki an English Language Teacher, Teachers' trainer, Microsoft innovative Educator 2015-2016 and a presenter. She has presented at a number of national and international conferences.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Executive Suite 3

12:00

Traditional Vocabulary Records in a Digital Age
With digital dictionaries and exciting vocabulary games aplenty, is there still a place for the traditional vocabulary notebook? Absolutely! This workshop highlights the difference between “creating” and “consuming” vocabulary content, and presents practical ideas for recording and organising a DIY vocabulary record in a digital format.

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Bjorn Candel

HCT
Bjorn Candel has been teaching EFL for 20 years (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Poland, Sweden). BA in English and Spanish (UNISA), MA in Translation (UniS) and a DELTA (BC/IH).


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Hospitality Suite

12:00

Vocabulary: Making it or Breaking it
In K-12 schools, bilingual and multilingual learners (BMLs/ELLs) are the fastest growing student group in the world. While many of these learners fall through the cracks, vocabulary is the missing link that can put them on the path to success. This workshop will offer new insights and hands-on strategies.

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Francesca McGeary

IngeniousEd
Francesca McGeary and Alison Schofield are bilingual experts based in the UAE. They have a shared passion for spreading research and best practices with other teachers and professionals.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 7

12:00

Who’s Afraid of Bring Your Own Device?
For this hands-on learning workshop, bring your own device or BYOD is encouraged; any laptop or tablet. A short introduction to technological evolutions and reasons to embrace BYOD are followed by participant exploration of platform-generic applications and time and pain-saving tips. Ideal for educators still uncertain about classroom technology.

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David Edwards

Higher Colleges of Technology
David Edwards, an iPad Champion and a Microsoft Faculty Fellow, is a veteran of the Foundation's classrooms of the Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE. He currently lives in Dubai.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Junior Suite 1

12:00

A Framework for Testing Vocabulary
Most language teachers recognize the importance of vocabulary teaching. Given the increased importance of vocabulary teaching, it is imperative that vocabulary is assessed in a fair and accurate way. The purpose of this presentation is to provide participants with a framework for developing valid and reliable vocabulary tests.

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Peter Davidson

Zayed University
Peter has taught in New Zealand, Japan, the UK, and he currently teaches at Zayed University, Dubai. Peter recently co-edited The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment (2012, CUP).


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 2

12:00

A new Take on Selecting Teacher Candidates
Identifying teacher candidates with strong capacity for success starts from admission to a teacher education program. This presentation shares the process and instruments for selecting student teachers with implications for in-service teacher selection. Intended audience: teacher educators and recruiters.

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Talin Grigorian

American University of Armenia
Talin Grigorian is a Lecturer in the MA TEFL and BA in English & Communications programs at the American University of Armenia. _x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Junior Suite 2

12:00

Behaviour Management: Locus of Control
This presentation, using a mixed methods approach, investigates the effects of teacher praise and encouragement on the locus of control orientation of male learners in a tertiary institution in the UAE. The internality/externality of the learners will be established, and the implications for teaching and learning will be examined.

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Edith Flahive

Abu Dhabi Men's College
Edith Flahive (B.Ed, RSA DELTA, MA TESOL, MBA Educational Leadership) is an English instructor at Abu Dhabi Men’s College. Her research interests include learner autonomy, teacher development, and leadership._x000D_ | _x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 5

12:00

Reading the Happiness Meter for UAE Teachers
What are the levels of happiness among teachers in the UAE? What can be done to improve happiness among teachers? Is professional development an instrument for making teachers happy? The presentation will reveal answers to these questions based on a quantitative study that was conducted in the UAE.

Speakers
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Konrad Cedro

HCT-CERT
Konrad has studied modern languages in Italy, Germany and Canada. He is an incoming TESOL Arabia President (2017-2018) and TACON 2017 Program Co-Chair. He is currently teaching at HCT-CERT in the United Arab Emirates.
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Racquel Warner

MBRSG
Racquel Warner


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Samaya Ballroom D

12:00

Specialization and the 21st Century Workplace
ESP teachers need to know how to develop students’ vocational English abilities while simultaneously improving their abilities to communicate, collaborate, think critically, and create in both physical and digital contexts. This presentation will explain how this can be achieved.

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Patrick Painter

Express Publishing
Patrick Painter studied cultural history and pedagogy in Canada and the United States at the University of Western Ontario (BA), York University (MA), and the University of Connecticut.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Samaya Ballroom B

12:00

Textual borrowing in source-based academic writing
This presentation reports on a study that investigates textual borrowing practices among L2 students in an academic setting. Data for this study includes writing samples, interviews and think-aloud protocols. The presenter will discuss the study results and their implications for L2 writing instructors, curriculum designers and assessment specialists.

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Atta Gebril

The American University in Cairo
Atta Gebril is an associate professor of Applied Linguistics, the American University in Cairo (Egypt). He obtained his PhD in Foreign Language and ESL Education from the University of Iowa.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Sahab 2

12:00

The 21st Century Learning Designer
This talk will fully describe a core tool blueprint that will help classroom instructors evolve into “learning designers” who can integrate 21st century skills, human qualities and challenges, and the required skills of the modern curricula into the present day classroom.

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Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Samaya Ballroom C

12:00

Examining Writers’ Intentions to Improve Instruction
Writing instructors rarely see writers’ intentions. Too often, a final paper is handed in, assessed, and returned with no discussion between the reader and writer. This process not only reduces learning opportunities for students, but it also forfeits some valuable information teachers can use to improve instruction.

Speakers
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Deanna Rasmussen

Instructional Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar
Deanna taught writing in Morocco and Egypt before her current position at Texas A&M University at Qatar, where she is an Instructional Assistant Professor in Foundation English.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 6

12:00

Food translation and translation hunger in Lebanon
Food translation raises many translation and linguistic problems. The aim of this paper is to show difficulties of translating food products in Lebanon. It will show the translation hunger in Lebanon after the arrival of Syrian refugees and tackle the question of teaching translation and the market needs

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Maria Nasr

University of Balamand
PhD.Translation Studies._x000D_ | Université Paris III, Sorbonne nouvelle._x000D_ | Assistant Professor at the University of Balamand Lebanon._x000D_ | Participated in: Connecting the Dots Conference. Muscat, 2016._x000D_ | “Translating Cultural Anthropology” publication in process._x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 4

12:45

Differentiating Learning Goals and Lesson Activities
In this workshop, the presenter will explore how differentiated learning can help manage student expectations and build learner confidence in mixed level classes. Focusing on differentiating learning goals, simple ways to differentiate classroom tasks to support and challenge learners and learner reflection on task performance. Intended audience: IELTS teachers.

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Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Sahab 2

12:45

How to Teach with Rigor
Are you tired of teaching students how to memorize vocabulary words and grammar rules for an exam? Do you want to engage your students and teach them how to think critically and solve problems on their own? Then it’s time to start teaching with RIGOR!

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Sandy Cook

University of Jeddah
Sandy Cook, United States. Language Instructor at University of Jeddah, KSA. BA and MAT in English Education from Miami University, Ohio.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Executive Suite 1

12:45

Interactive Activities Key to Promote Students Speaking
Why should we teach speaking? While communicating, learners are facing some difficulties with the productive skill which is speaking. Teaching speaking should be of utmost importance. Teachers should pay more attention to developing learners’ speaking skills. The presenter will share and demonstrate the activities teachers can include in every lesson.

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Anna Bayburdyan

American University of Armenia
Anna Bayburdyan born in 1985, graduated from Yerevan State Linguistic University, later got her Master’s degree at the American University of Armenia. Currently, she is an instructor at AUA. _x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Junior Suite 1

12:45

Making meaning of our work as educators
This workshop will explore some of the challenges and joys of our work as educators and introduce a tool for engaging more fully with ourselves, and our organizations in more meaningful ways. #Meaningful work #Change Management #Intrinsic Motivation #Engagement # Resilience #Mindfulness

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Belinda Hayes

Ministry of Higher Education
Belinda Hayes PhD, CPCC, ACC, has held senior educational leadership positions in New Zealand, Greece, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Oman. Her interests include coaching in educational contexts.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Junior Suite 2

12:45

Stories of Sand and Change
The presentation will demonstrate an integrated oral history project of Intercultural Studies and Applied Communication students. It involved our female Emirati students in the preservation of the indigenous culture of their nation and resulted in a book of short stories, written and illustrated by the students themselves.

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Ewa Gajer

EFL Instructor, HCT ADWC
Ewa Gajer holds a Ph.D. in Australian Literature from the University of New England. She has published a bibliography of Australian Women Writers. She is currently teaching Intercultural Studies.
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Kevin Trinh

HCT ADWC
Kevin Trinh is a graduate from the University of Newcastle (Australia) who specializes in Digital Media. He now taeches Creative Design and Photography at Abu Dhabi Women's College


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Samaya Ballroom C

12:45

Student Engagement in English: Walking and Talking
Often, students are looking for a fun yet practical way to work on their English. Therefore, I created a student activity called the \"Walk and Talk Club\", in which students come together to walk and practice their English together, engaging in conversations based on prompts.

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Sarah Tatz

The Petroleum Institute
Sarah has always a had a love of learning languages and communicating with others. Both of these interests have positively impacted her teaching approaches and interactions with students.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Executive Suite 2

12:45

Teaching Literature\Teaching Ecology, A CLIL-based Workshop
Teaching literature\teaching ecology in ELT classes does not only enhance language proficiency, but also build up ecological cognition. Using the CLIL approach, the two facilitators will share an array of activities implemented for a better teaching of literature and ecology. Intended audience: teachers of all levels/teacher trainers.

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Magda Hasabelnaby

Faculty of Women, Ain Shams University
Magda Hasabelnaby is a Professor of literature at Ain Shams; she is also a professional translator and a teacher trainer who has trained hundreds of teachers in Egypt and abroad.
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Mona Said

The Faculty of Women, Ain Shams University.
Mona Said is an assistant lecturer at Ain Shams University. She got her master degree in English literature. She is a certified trainer by the Information Technology Institute.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Junior Suite 3

12:45

Ten Effective Steps to Teach Reading
Reading is an important part to student learning. Students need to understand what they read and to be able to recall the main ideas when they need them. Many steps come together to help the teacher inside the classroom to let the students understand what they read.

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Amna Al-Sayed

Abi Hanfa School
Amna Al-Sayed -a certified traine -is a vice principal and at Abi Hanfa Independent School in Qatar. She has over 20 years’ experience in Qatar
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Mona Hamdan

Arwa School
Dr. Mona Hamdan -a certified trainer- is an academic vice principal and professional development coordinator at Arwa Independent Secondary School in Qatar.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Executive Suite 4

12:45

Choosing Software for your Classroom Needs
Effective evaluation of educational software requires an unbiased, streamlined and comprehensive model. The presenter will introduce the PeLCoT Software Evaluation Model, which rates Pedagogy, Learner, Content and Technology considerations when evaluating and making the better choice. The model is for instructors and organizations in any content area.

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Kay Greene

Graduate student, Memorial University
Kay is finishing her Master of Education (IT) at Memorial University, Canada. She holds a Master of Education in Curriculum studies and has research interests in creativity, innovation and technology.
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Samantha McDonald

HCT
Samantha teaches at the HCT in RAK. She holds a Master of Applied Linguistics and a Cambridge DELTA, and is finishing a Master of Education (IT) from Memorial University, Canada.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Salon 6

12:45

Computer-based Assessment: How Objective is it?
Public and private institutions not only incorporate technology in their teaching practices, but computers are becoming gradually abundant in the realm of assessment. The speaker will touch upon the main discoveries related to computer-based assessment, their pros and cons, obvious benefits and, equally important, their threats.

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Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Sahab 1

12:45

Feeding the BEAST: Online Assessment websites
Nowadays, many websites are added to the online assessment array. Some assess online work, make writing better, some are better than others. Is this systematic or random? How can you trust which website to use. The presenter will give examples of current websites and their use.

Speakers
avatar for Georgios Vlasios Kormpas

Georgios Vlasios Kormpas

Assessment Instructional Coordinator at SILC, Al Yamama University
Assessment Instructional Coordinator at SILC at Al Yamamah University in Saudi Arabia interested in online assessment and digital literacies.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Samaya Ballroom D

12:45

IDP Support Products for IELTS test takers
This presentation will introduce the new range of IELTS Support Tools developed by IDP Education to help prepare test takers for success on the IELTS test. This session will be of interest to teachers of IELTS courses as well as anyone interested in a new approach to IELTS test preparation.

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Anna Hasper

Consultant, IDP
Anna is an experienced teacher trainer with extensive experience across the MENA region. Her interests are teacher development, educational-psychology and effective practice. She regularly writes articles for English Teaching Professional.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Salon 3

12:45

Is Teacher Evaluation Important?
With the current quest of educational institutes to gain international recognition and become accredited, teacher evaluation turns out to be demanding on both management and teachers. The presenter will unveil why teacher evaluation is or is not significant from the perspective of EFL teachers at Saudi Universities. Intended audience: teachers/teacher-educators/policymakers.

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Khadija Alamoudi

King Abdulaziz University
Khadija Alamoudi (MSc, University of Exeter, UK; PhD student, University of Exeter, UK; and faculty member at the ELI, KAU since 2007). I have published articles and a book chapter.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Executive Suite 3

12:45

Measuring and Contributing to our Students' Happiness
With the advent of positive psychology there is a huge body of knowledge about happiness. What is missing is research on how teachers can contribute to their students’ happiness levels. The presenters discuss results of research on measuring happiness levels of Adult and Young language learners in Iran.

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Christine Coombe

Dubai Men's College
Dr Christine Coombe is a faculty member at Dubai Men's College where she teaches research methods. She has served TESOL Arabia in many capacities including Co-chair of this conference.
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Elika Mosaddegh

Tehran University
Elika Mossadegh is educational adviser and university lecturer in Iran. Currently she is a PhD student doing a course in TEFL . Her area of interest is teaching Young Learners and CLIL.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Salon 2

12:45

Supporting the development of subject specific literacy
Student success in a field of study requires awareness of what types of knowledge are considered legitimate, and how best to articulate that knowledge. Taking a systemic functional view of language, this session addresses both these questions providing practical ideas of how to focus on language within specific fields.

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Grant Hartley

Higher Colleges of Technology
Grant is an English teacher with over 20 years experience teaching in various cultural contexts. His research interests include the application of systemic functional linguistics to teaching ESP.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Salon 8

12:45

Understanding Saudi Preparatory-Year Students’ English-learning Motivation
Are your students ‘motivated’ to learn English? What personal and contextual factors affect students’ motivation? The researcher first discusses the relationship between language-learning motivation and self-regulation, and then presents the results and practical implications of a mixed-methods study conducted in his teaching context. Intended audience: Teachers and Administrators.

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Timothy Wick

KFUPM
Tim Wick has been teaching English (and learning Arabic) in the Middle East for over a decade. He currently teaches preparatory-year English at King Fahd University in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Salon 4

12:45

IN-CONF PDC 1 - Session 2: Addressing mismatches between course books and classroom contexts
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Kathleen Graves

University of Michigan
Kathleen Graves is Associate Professor of Education Practice at the University of Michigan. She started her career as an English teacher in Taiwan and later taught in the US, Japan and Brazil.  She has worked on curriculum renewal and language teacher education in the US, Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Japan, and Korea.  Her research focuses on the role of classroom practice in curriculum renewal and supporting teachers’ professional... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Salon 1

12:45

Advancing the ELT Profession:Revisiting Classroom Discussion
This presentation describes how discussion can become an effective learning tool if well planned. It deals with the steps that were followed in organizing discussions in teaching English in an EFL program. The presentation will explain how the students took responsibility in selecting their roles, planning and implementing the discussion.

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Yasmine Salah El-Din

American University in Cairo
Yasmine Salah El-Din has an MA in TEFL and a Ph. D. in Applied Linguistics. Her research interest include error corrective feedback, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and critical discourse analysis.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Samaya Ballroom B

12:45

Expat teacher, what’s your story?
Adventure-seeker? comfort-seeker? root-seeker? What’s the motivation for your serial expatriation? How do expats view their TEFL careers? If you have spent most of your working life in other parts of the world, come and share your TEFL story with me.

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Shifa Desai

EFL Instructor, Higher Colleges of Technology
_x000D_ Shifa Desai is a teacher- researcher. She collects stories of teachers' accounts of how their lives have been shaped by their work and how their work shapes their lives._x000D_ _x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Salon 7

12:45

Promoting ESL Learners’ Writing Using Short Movies
Although short movies are often used in ESL classrooms to enhance language learning comprehension, rarely are they used to promote ESL learners’ writing skills. The presentation provides examples of successful implementation of short movies in the ESL classroom to improve students’ writing skills and enhance their motivation to learn English.

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Nour Al Okla

Al Ghurair University
Nour Al Okla is an instructor at Al Ghurair University. She has co-authored a textbook on teaching writing skills. Her research interests include academic writing, learner motivation, and material development.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Salon 5

12:45

The Five Love Languages in Teaching Teens
Did you know that there are five love languages and each of the teens you teach speaks one of them? How can you know which love lanuage your student speaks and how can you speak the same language as them? If you are a teacher of teens, enlighten yourself!

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Samira Chaibeddra

Royal School of Languages
I hold an MA in Applied Language Studies and I am a PhD student.I teach academic English at Jijel University and general English in Royal School of Languages, Algeria.


Thursday March 9, 2017 12:45 - 13:30
Hospitality Suite

13:30

5 practical steps to ensure test validity
The speaker will present five practical steps that will enhance the validity of tests. The presentation is suitable for test writers and administrators and is based on the presenter's extensive practical experience as the head of assessment and on literature. Step one is... Come to find it out!

Speakers
avatar for Yevgeniya Pronoza

Yevgeniya Pronoza

Head of the Assessment Unit, Language Center, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Yevgeniya has been teaching English for 15 years. She is heading the Assessment Unit, Sultan Qaboos University, Center for Preparatory Studies, Oman. Her interests are in testing and assessment.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Junior Suite 3

13:30

Coaching for Effective Teaching and Learning
The current coaching session overviews literature related to effective coaching in an educational context. The second and main part of the workshop features a unique and live demonstration of a coaching session which involves the use of innovative coaching techniques and strategies delivered by a certified and professional coach.

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avatar for Mohamed Azaza

Mohamed Azaza

ADNOC Technical Institute
Mohamed Azaza holds an MSc in TESOL from Aston University and DELTA from The University of Cambridge.
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Sonia Elhaj

Founder & Coach, Sonia Elhaj Coaching©
Sonia Elhaj, MA. CPCC. holds the prestigious Co-Active Coach Certification and is an active member of the ICF (International Coach Federation). Sonia provides life coaching, career empowerment, and entrepreneurial mentorship to coaches and educators. After an impactful journey in academia, career advising and liberal studies teaching in higher-education in the MENA region, she has founded Sonia Elhaj Coaching© | In addition to being a graduate... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Samaya Ballroom B

13:30

Giving Back: Corporate Social Responsibility through EFL
Teachers are supported by people who prepare the facilities for daily use: Cleaning teams contribute substantially to effective institutional functioning. The presenter will describe how she and a team of volunteers created an English language program for cleaning company employees at the American University of Sharjah. Intended audience: teachers.

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Jessica March

American University of Sharjah
Jessica March, Achievement Academy Bridging Program, (American University of Sharjah), has a special interest in learner motivation and differentiated learning.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Salon 6

13:30

Impacting the Audience
By attending this Interactive session you will overcome your fears of speaking before an Audience. Covering the following topics 1. How you structure your speech? 2. Linguistics in your speech 3. Body Language 4. Voice matters By the end of the session you will enhance your confidence.

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Leo DSouza

NEXUS
Leo Conrad D’Souza, an engineer by profession; Consultant, Writer, Mentor and Coach by choice. Mentored over hundred professionals, empowering their oratory skills._x000D_ | Conducts workshops ‘Expressive Orators’._x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Salon 8

13:30

Integrating IL through PBL for EAP course
You are considering using Project-Based Learning (PBL) for your English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. What are the research skills your students need to develop? How would you integrate Information Literacy (IL) into your course? What would be the benefits of using the PBL method? Intended audience: teachers and librarians.

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Rachid Bendriss

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
Dr. Rachid Bendriss is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of ESL at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. Prior to that, he taught English for Academic Purposes at the University of Central Florida and Valencia College in Florida. Dr. Bendriss has lectured and written extensively on the internationalization of higher education, academic English development, information fluency, college readiness, and educational technology.
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Melanie Fernandes

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
Melanie is an ESL Teaching Specialist at WCM-Q. She was previously ESL Lecturer and Technology Coordinator at Old Dominion University. She earned her MA in Linguistics from Syracuse University._x000D_
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Paul Mussleman

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
Paul is Information Services Librarian at WCM-Q. He has a Master of Library and Information Studies from University of Alabama, and has worked in health sciences librarianship since 2007._x000D_
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Reya Saliba

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
As the Learning & Student Outreach Librarian, Reya's work is devoted to developing, teaching and promoting the information fluency (IF) program by managing all facets of its integration in the new pre-medical and medical curricula. Reya is also responsible for providing learning opportunities and outreach activities to current and prospective students, providing both virtual and traditional reference services, as well as web... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Executive Suite 2

13:30

Mobile Learning Activities and Accelerated Vocabulary Development
Students learn more when they participate. Therefore, join me to learn how to create mobile-learning activities which get students out of their seats by engaging them in interactive and competitive exercises that promote rapid lexical acquisition. This workshop is for teachers who have students with skills at all levels.

Speakers
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Jeff Maggard

Lecturer, Qatar University
Jeff has taught courses in TESOL Methods, ICT, EFL, and ESP in the USA, Japan, UAE and Qatar. Moreover, he has published papers on active learning and ICT.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Executive Suite 1

13:30

Organizational Metaphors: Insights for educational change
Frustrated? Hopeful? Energized? Do you love your profession but have mixed feelings about changes happening in your workplace? Take some time to reflect on how you think and feel about educational organizations and gain insights into what this really tells you. Intended audience: ELT professionals

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Melanie van den Hoven

EFL Instructor, Emirates College for Advanced Education
Melanie van den Hoven is a PhD candidate in Intercultural Education at Durham University, England. She teaches in the B.Ed program at Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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David Litz

Emirates College for Advanced Education
David Litz has an Ed.D from the University of Calgary. He is an Assistant Professor in the B.Ed and M.Ed programs at Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Executive Suite 3

13:30

Scaffolding Reading, Transactional Metacognitive Comprehension Strategies
Students need some scaffolding; they need a plan and knowledge to develop better reading comprehension skills. Drawing on metacognitive and transactional approaches to reading, this workshop discusses a variety of instructional techniques to move students progressively toward stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the reading process.

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Adel Youssef Abdelhakim

Abdullah bin Ali Al Misnad School for Boys
MAPL, Master of Applied Linguistics, USQ, Australia. MIE, Microsoft Innovative Expert. Conducted workshops worldwide: The 22nd TESOL Arabia, Dubai 2015,the 2nd Scientific Conference, Bahrain 2015
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Said Chebbi

Abdullah bin Ali Al Misnad School for Boys
An English Language Teacher. MIE, Microsoft Innovative Expert. Conducted workshops worldwide: The 22nd TESOL Arabia, Dubai 2015,the 2nd Scientific Conference, Bahrain 2015


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Salon 5

13:30

Success in Reading via Different Modes
According to many scholars effective reading is essential for success in any language acquisition. Thus, in teaching reading skills it is important to use different innovative techniques which will turn the learning process into fun activities. The presenter will share several techniques that she uses in her teaching practice.

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Naira Stepanyan

American University of Armenia
Naira Stepanyan born in 1987, graduated from Yerevan State University in 2007 and later got her Master’s degree atthe American University of Armenia. She is teaching English at AUA.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Junior Suite 1

13:30

Teaching Blind Learners: Challenges, Solutions and Benefits
Teachers of English rarely have qualifications for working with blind learners. But with basic knowledge of pedagogical implications of visual impairrment and with some innovative esources, including a blind learner in a groups of sighted students may benefit the whole class and may be an enriching experience for all.

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Boguslaw Marek

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
Prof. Boguslaw Marek, PH.D has taught English to blind learners for over twenty years. For his work HM Queen Elizabeth II honoured him with The Order of the British Empire.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Salon 2

13:30

The impact of games on learning vocabulary
Vocabulary has a significant role in learning a foreign language. It is a bridge that connects four skills together. The purpose of this project is to show how playing various vocabulary games can help students to learn vocabulary more quickly, efficiently and remember it better. Intended audience: Young Learners

Speakers
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Anahit Arakelyan

American University of Armenia
I graduated from American University of Armenia. I teach English at AUA, European college, European school and at "Hetatsi" High school in Armenia.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Junior Suite 2

13:30

Differential Effects and Student Perceptions of Three-Types-of-Pre-writing-Tasks
The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate the differential effects of three types of pre-writing activities on the learners’ writing performance.The presenter will discuss the methodology, results, findings, and implications for teaching academic writing.

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Nagwa Kassabgy

American University of Cairo
Nagwa


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Salon 3

13:30

Do Rubrics Provide Ideal Feedback for Students?
Rubric usage in the ELT context can allow students to receive the guided feedback they seek. The presenter will describe the results of research collected about rubric feedback from undergraduate students and the faculty who teach them from Saudi Arabia. Intended audience: ELT Practitioners

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Connie Mitchell

Prince Sultan University
Dr. Connie Mitchell is the Vice Dean of the College of Humanities at Prince Sultan University. Her interests lie in quality assurance, accreditation and assessment, TESOL, and linguistics.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Hospitality Suite

13:30

Investigating EFL teachers’ Negotiated Identities: Sociocultural Perspective
You start working at a new school/university or country where the curriculum, students, etc. differ from one place to another. What sociocultural factors affect your professional identity? The presenter will describe the interplay between various sociocultural factors influencing the negotiation of professional identities based on classroom practices of Egyptian teachers.

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Nesma Hossam Eldin

Senior Teaching Assistant, Misr International University
Senior Teaching Assistant at Al Alsun Faculty - Misr International University, Former TEFL fellow at AUC, Academic Manager at Al Azhar English Training Center, B.A. of Languages and Simultaneous Translation.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Samaya Ballroom C

13:30

Mixed Methods Research in the EFL Context
Drawing on a research study carried out in the U.A.E local context, the presenters will introduce participants to the principle of mixed method research. They will also discuss the benefits of using a mixed method approach as well as the limitations and challenges of using a mixed methods research design.

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Mohamed Azaza

ADNOC Technical Institute
Mohamed Azaza holds an MSc in TESOL from Aston University and DELTA from The University of Cambridge.
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Sahbi Hidri

Assistant Professor, University of Jeddah
Dr Sahbi Hidri holds a PhD in language assessment. His area of expertise includes SLA and socio-cultural approaches to assessment, evaluation, dynamic assessment, test design, test-taking strategies, conceptions and practices of assessment and validation.
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Tahar Labassi

University of Tunis
Prof. Tahar Labassi is an associate professor of an applied linguistics. He has published on interesting research topics related to discourse analysis, ESP and other related fields.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Salon 7

13:30

Rhetorical Negotiations of Relative Clauses in Metadiscourse
The presentation examines metadiscursive relative clauses (RCs) in a corpora of articles across disciplines in order to understand how rhetorical negotiations influence the structures of different types of RCs. It also examines challenges that English learners exhibit as they attempt to understand RCs in rhetorical negotiations and practices across disciplines.

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Arlene Clachar

University of Miami
Arlene Clachar is a professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami, Florida, U.S.A.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Salon 4

13:30

Teaching between Pleasure and Pressure
Teaching is noble job because it directly deal with human being’s mind. in my proposal I will light on some situations that teachers may face in their job either cheerful or miserable, and I will focus on solutions to convince the audience to complete their noble efforts,

Speakers
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Mohammed aladawy

teacher/ trainer, ministry of education
Mohammed an ELT since 1990, 20 years experience at ministry of education in the UAE and now in Qatar, a member of TESOL Arabia 2003, presenter in last three conferences


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Executive Suite 4

13:30

Teaching for Knowledge vs Teaching for Use
Many teachers are often concerned about their learners not spontaneously producing language they have been taught. The presenter will look at theoretical aspects of second language acquisition that explain this and propose models and stagings to distinguish between teaching-for-knowledge and teaching-for-use. Intended audience: Teachers and English course developers.

Speakers
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Neil Armstrong

MOE
Working in Peru, England and now the UAE; Neil has an MA in TESOL and has been involved in ESL teaching, management, assessment and training for nearly ten years.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Sahab 2

13:30

The Role of ER in the Classroom
In this presentation, the presenter will talk about the differences between intensive and extensive reading, defining both approaches to reading, and highlighting their methodology. He will focus on ER by talking about its characteristics, the role of ER in Language Learning and provide practical advice on running ER programs.

Speakers
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Sufian Abu-Rmaileh

UAE University
Dr. Abu-Rmaileh is an English Lecturer at UAEU, winning awards as a leader, researcher and teacher. He is a presenter, invited and plenary speaker at local, national and international conferences.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Samaya Ballroom D

13:30

The role of podcasts in language teaching
Podcasts play an essential role in developing EFL/ESL learners’ vocabulary and listening skills, and can become a useful tool for language teaching and learning. The presenter will describe how she used podcasts with EFL learners, and students’ perception of the use of podcasts during classes.

Speakers
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Mane Sargsyan

English Language Instructor, Armenian State Pedagogical University
Mane Sargsyan is a CELTA qualified English language instructor at the Armenian State Pedagogical University. She holds an MA in TEFL from American University of Armenia.


Thursday March 9, 2017 13:30 - 14:15
Sahab 1

14:15

Are you ready? The Future Is Now!
A visual adaptation of Mia MacMeekin\'s infographic: \"Morphing into a 21st century teacher\". This is a reflective proposition on how we should consider how we teach today ... to how we might teach tomorrow!

Speakers
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Richard Roshay

eibfs
ESl/EFL instructor/teacher trainer for over thirty years across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Samaya Ballroom B

14:15

Extre-meme-ly Engaging: Memes for Classroom Interaction
Participants will receive practical, easy-to-implement classroom activities using memes as fun, engaging material for linguistic interaction. Presenters will share their own experiences using memes in the classroom, several ideas for participants to incorporate memes into lessons at any level, and demonstrate how to create memes with free, user-friendly resources.

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Andrea Banicki

Qatar University
Andrea Banicki holds an M.A. in Language Teaching with a concentration in TESOL from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is currently a Lecturer at Qatar University.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Executive Suite 2

14:15

Honestly and Openly about Classroom Management
Have you ever felt a discrepancy between classroom management by the book and classroom reality? Lost hope and felt like giving up? This session aims to help teachers through self-reflection and humanistic approaches to transform a classroom full of frustrations into an oasis of understanding, mutual respect and support.

Speakers
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Bela Toth

Lead Teacher, Ministry of Education UAE
Bela Toth is an English Language Teacher working for the Ministry of Education. He is specialized in Blended Learning and earned his Master's degrees in English Language and in TEFL.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Hospitality Suite

14:15

Motivating Young Learners: ICT Magic
One of the biggest challenges of teaching teenage learners is to keep them motivated. The presenter will demonstrate some techniques that he uses to make lessons more fun and interactive using various easy to use ICT / e-tools. Intended audience: Teachers of Young Learners interested in exploiting ICT.

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Mohammad Rayhan

British Council
I am the ICT coordinator in British Council Jeddah and teach English Language at all levels. At the moment I doing an action research on Blended Learning.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Junior Suite 3

14:15

SMART Objectives for Smart Teachers
This workshop explores how teachers can use the freely available Global Scale of English (GSE) resources to set their learners SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) objectives, monitor progress and create content. Learn more about GSE Grammar and Vocabulary and see how the GSE Teacher Toolkit can save you time.

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Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Salon 2

14:15

Some Practical Ideas for ESP Writing
Teaching ESP writing can be rather dry because of the set structures and formulaic expressions. The presenter will share some engaging ideas that can make ESP writing classes more fun and learner centred. The ideas have been developed for medical writing but they are transferable to other ESP areas.

Speakers
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Esther Ibrahim

Sultan Qaboos University
Esther K. Ibrahim has been in the field of ESL/EFL for about 24 years. She is also a CELTA trainer. She is interested in language assessment and materials development.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Executive Suite 3

14:15

Teach Your Students how to Drive Their Brains
This interactive workshop will introduce key concepts from Educational Neuroscience, Brain-based Education, MBE (mind, brain and education) science and Neuro-ELT to equip instructors to help their students to better understand how the brain learns language. With a better understanding of the brain, students can learn more effectively and efficiently.

Speakers
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Douglas James Steedman

University of Jeddah
Originally from Canada, Douglas has taught at universities in South Korea, China, and Saudi Arabia. Professional interests include Educational Neuroscience, SLA, and curriculum and materials design.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Salon 6

14:15

The Effective IELTS Reading Strategies
The presentation tackles the IELTS Reading module from different perspectives. It points out the layout of the IELTS reading and discusses the reasons of its difficulty. Moreover, it presents systematic techniques for answering the IELTS reading and different methods for dealing with the unfamiliar words in the reading passages.

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Mahmoud Sultan Nafa

CUD
Mahmoud Sultan has an MEd in TESOL from the BUiD and the British Council IELTS trainer the trainer. He works for the UAE MOE and a part-time lecturer at CUD.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Junior Suite 2

14:15

Using Cooperative Learning to Engage Readers
The presenter will show the steps for teaching students how to adapt a short fable for readers theatre. This session is intended for classroom teachers who seek to enliven their reading sessions and engage students in reading, performing, & responding to simple, classic, mini-short stories called fables.

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Janet Larsen Roberts

Janet Roberts is an ESL teacher for Abu Dhabi University. She has taught English for 30 years in the US and UAE. She is a Certified Kagan Cooperative Learning Trainer.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Executive Suite 1

14:15

Audio-recorded Feedback and the Use of Technology
This study investigates the effectiveness of audio-recorded feedback in L1 Arabic writing of beginner learners. It reports on students’ reactions to the use of L1 and phone applications as part of the writing process. Findings reveal positive reception as an effective electronic feedback tool at the organization level.

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Noureddine Cherif

Qatar University
Noureddine Cherif is a Fulbright Alumnus and a current English Lecturer at Qatar University. He got his Masters degree in TESOL from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA.
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Chadia Mansour

Qatar University
Chadia Mansour is a Fulbright Alumnus and a current English lecturer at Qatar University. She got her Masters in Applied Linguistics from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, United States


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Salon 7

14:15

Classroom assessment techniques
Many teachers are not aware of the importance of assessment that engages all the students inside the class activities. Assessment Techniques are ungraded activities conducted in the classroom. The purpose is to provide the instructor feedback on whether or not students understand course. How can teachers make classrooms more collaborative?

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Hana Jalal

Arwa School
Hanaa is the coordinator of English department at Arwa School in Qatar. Hana’s main specialization is Bachelor’s degree in English, Master's degree in psychology.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Junior Suite 1

14:15

Defining a Framework for Academic Writing
The framework for academic writing is easily taught using integrated tasks. The presenter will discuss the importance of integrated tasks, outline the higher-thinking skills involved, present tasks which promote these skills and report on the results of using these tasks in an EFL composition course. Intended audience: EFL composition teachers.

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Denise May Wright

Jubail University College
Denise has been an English language lecturer for 14 years in the USA, Japan, Kuwait, & Saudi Arabia. Her current areas of research are composition, phonology and mutual intelligibility.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Salon 8

14:15

Enhancing Online Teaching: Innovative Resources and Strategies
This presentation acquaints the participants with several EFL/Writing online teaching resources. It provides links to these resources, explaining their valuable aid in improving teaching language skills. In addition, the attendees will gain insights into the teaching strategies used by the presenter to incorporate these resources in his curriculum.

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Amal Mahmoud

Highline College
Amal Mahmoud, Fulbright Scholar and ESL/Writing professor at Highline College, Washington, has a Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University. He has taught graduate and undergraduate linguistics courses in several countries.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Salon 4

14:15

Helping Students Develop Research Skills
Many students never develop good research skills at university. They are often unaware of how important research is in their daily and academic lives. The presenters share some activities to teach students about the research process and help them acquire the skills they need to function in their academic careers.

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Christine Coombe

Dubai Men's College
Dr Christine Coombe is a faculty member at Dubai Men's College where she teaches research methods. She has served TESOL Arabia in many capacities including Co-chair of this conference.
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Lana Hiasat

Dubai Men's College
Lana Hiasat is faculty at Dubai Men’s College, HCT. She develops and teaches undergraduate courses in research methods and intercultural studies. Her doctoral research is focused on blended learning.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Samaya Ballroom D

14:15

Student Produced Reverse Outlines for Academic Writing
The presentation will include examples of student produced work and will address why the presenter favors reverse outline over pre-planning for the language correction process. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss potential modifications to suit their own teaching and learning environments.

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Dawn Murray

HCT - Dubai Men's College
Dawn Murray...


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Executive Suite 4

14:15

Teacher-Care and Motivation: A New Gulf Narrative
This presentation showcases a Dubai-based research study exploring faculty perceptions of student motivation and outlines the factors which drive or deter HE students. The research examines the role of teacher-care in motivation, highlighting the mismatch of beliefs between expatriate faculty and local students. Included are practical suggestions for classroom implementation.

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Aleya James

EFL Instructor, Dubai Women's College, HCT
Aleya James is a General Studies Faculty member at Dubai Women’s College. She has extensive Middle East TESOL and General Education experience. She is a doctoral student at Bath University.
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Nicole Shammas

EFL Instructor, Dubai Women's College, HCT
Nicole Shammas is a General Studies Faculty member at Dubai Women’s College. She has extensive TESOL/General Education experience in Korea and UAE. She is currently a doctoral student at USQ.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Salon 3

14:15

IN-CONF PDC 1 - Session 3: Assessing complexity in writing
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David Palfreyman

Zayed University
David Palfreyman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Zayed University, Dubai. He holds a PhD in Language Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury.  Before moving to Dubai he worked in ESOL teacher training and development in Turkey and in the UK, and taught EFL in Italy and Spain. His research interests include translingual literacy, vocabulary learning and the contributions of sociocultural... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Salon 1

14:15

Answering top FAQs about the TOEFL® Test
Led by a TOEFL® programme expert, the session answers a number of top FAQs about the TOEFL iBT® test. The practical information will be helpful for teachers who are interested in learning about effective ways to approach their TOEFL test preparation classes.

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Maria Victoria Calabrese

Academic & Government Relations Director, ETS Global
Mavi Calabrese (Academic & Government Relations Director) is responsible for outreach to higher education policy organisations, government agencies and universities in Europe, Middle East and Africa for ETS Global ( the TOEFL® and the GRE® Programs)


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Samaya Ballroom C

14:15

Enjenese in spase: Young ELLs’ Invented spellings
Little attention is paid to spelling in typical young learner coursebooks despite the importance of orthographic knowledge in reading and writing. The presenter shares data collected from 220 compositions of Arabic-speaking primary school children reflecting the developmental signs in their spelling and discusses implications for instruction.

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Irma-Kaarina Ghosn

Associate Professor, Lebanese American University
Irma-Kaarina Ghosn is Associate Professor at LAU and an award-winning materials developer. She is currently completing grade 1 to 9 coursebook series for UNRWA Lebanon._x000D_ | _x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Salon 5

14:15

Listening Summary: A Challenging Skill
This study, through conducting a questionnaire, aims at explaining the different strategies teachers use in the process of developing students’ listening skills. It also aims at establishing conventions for writing a well-formed and condensed listening summary. The items in the questionnaire address students’ habits and behaviors during this process.

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Kamila Helmy

The American University in Cairo
Kamila Helmy has been teaching English Language for more than 30 years. She is interested in designing new courses and attending international conferences.
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Hala El Shawarby

The American University in Cairo
Hala El Shawarby is an Assistant Professor in Linguistics and has been teaching English for more than 30 years. She is interested in curriculum design and material development.


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Sahab 1

14:15

The ELT Curriculum in Transition: An Analysis of Three Approaches in Public Sector Schools
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Kathleen Graves

University of Michigan
Kathleen Graves is Associate Professor of Education Practice at the University of Michigan. She started her career as an English teacher in Taiwan and later taught in the US, Japan and Brazil.  She has worked on curriculum renewal and language teacher education in the US, Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Japan, and Korea.  Her research focuses on the role of classroom practice in curriculum renewal and supporting teachers’ professional... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 14:15 - 15:00
Sahab 2

15:00

Head, Heart & Hands: The Important Mission of English Teachers
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Helena Curtain

University of Wisconsi-Milwaukee
Helena Curtain, Ph. D. is an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual immersion education. Her special interest is in teaching language to young learners. She is the co-author of Languages and Children: Making the Match, now in its fifth edition– a book used in universities throughout the USA for preparing language teachers to work in grades K-8. Dr. Curtain... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Samaya Ballroom B

15:00

An evaluation of Culture in Prospect Series
Prospect is a course book published by ministry of education in Iran that aims to help students learn English communicatively as well as valuing Islamic-Iranian culture. The presenter will describe how Prospect values the national culture and discuss different issues in this regard. Intended audience: EFL teachers.

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Serrollah Damavandi Kamali

Ministry of Education, Iran
Serrollah Damavandi Kamali is a Ph.D candidate in TEFL. As an EFL teacher and researcher his areas of interests include teacher education, material development and using technology in teaching.
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Eskandar Samadi

Kharazmi Univerity, iran
Eskandar Samadi is a Ph.D. candidate in TEFL in Kharazmi univerist, iran . His areas of interests psycholiguistis, material development and applied linguistics.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 4

15:00

Competition model and ESP: Introducing an application
Translating technical texts in university courses of English for specific purpose is widely used, yet strongly deemed as unfruitful. The presenter will draw upon the competition model of second language acquisition and describe the effect that teaching English sentence structure had on ESP learners' reading comprehension. Intended audience: ESP teachers

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Ghazaleh Cheraghpour Samvati

Islamic Azad University, Science and Research branch
Ghazaleh Cheraghpour is a PhD candidate in Azad University, Science and Research branch, majoring in TEFL._x000D_ | She teaches language courses at institutes and universities. She is a certified teacher trainer.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Junior Suite 1

15:00

Cook and Learn English
Cooking is a skill that comes with a lot of language and application. The presenter will describe a content- and project-based course that teaches English and cooking to high elementary proficiency learners and above. Participants will come out with sample class activities, tips, and recipes. Intended audience: teachers, teacher trainers.

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Anna Avetiyan

American University of Armenia
Anna is a current MA TEFL student at the American University of Armenia. She is inclined to integrate different techniques to boost students’ motivation of learning English._x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 3

15:00

Declined Reading Habits amongst Pakistan Undergraduate Students
The decline in reading habits amongst students in Pakistan is evident through the university admission interview which highlights the lack of interest in reading. The presenter will describe the cause for this kind of attitude with undergraduate students of Business and Professional Speech program. Intended audience: Practitioners and researchers

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Shumaila Omar

Institute of Business Management
Shumaila Omar is a faculty of Communication and Languages department at IoBM, Karachi. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in English Linguistics and is CELTA trained teacher from IH, Dubai.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Junior Suite 2

15:00

Effectiveness of Iranian EFL teacher training courses
Iranian community of EFL teachers in public sector, experienced a fundamental change in their course books. Some in service courses were held to train some national trainers. The presenter will discuss the effectiveness of this teacher training program based on the interviews and share some ideas.

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avatar for Abolfazl Ghanbari

Abolfazl Ghanbari

Islamic Azad University, Qods branch
Abolfaz Ghanbari an MA candidate in TEFL in IAU. As an EFL teacher and researcher his areas of interests include teacher training, material development and technology in education.
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Serrollah Damavandi Kamali

Ministry of Education, Iran
Serrollah Damavandi Kamali is a Ph.D candidate in TEFL. As an EFL teacher and researcher his areas of interests include teacher education, material development and using technology in teaching.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Executive Suite 4

15:00

Enhancing formative assessment through technology.
Formative assessment is an embedded part of our daily teaching and learning strategy. This presentation is for teachers who want to find new ways of integrating technology to improve their existing strategies for Assessment for Learning and Assessment as Learning.

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Gemma Escott

Ministry of Education UAE
Gemma Escott is an Education Specialist for the U.A.E Ministry of Education. She is currently working on the educational reform, specifically focusing on assessment. _x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Sahab 2

15:00

Enhancing Young Learners With Positive Parental Motivation
Educators know that using homework with young learners is essential to the process of material retention. But how can parents be involved to enhance the effectiveness of homework? This presentation shows the quantitative analysis that is associated with the use of homework. Intended Audience: teachers of young learners

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Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 2

15:00

IELTS and GPA in UAE Higher Education
IELTS scores are a common higher education entrance requirement throughout the GCC. Using multiple regression analysis the presenters aim to discover if IELTS scores or foundation program attendance are predictors of university students’ Grade Point Averages after 1.5 years of study. A recent cohort from a UAE university is utilized.

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Dawn Garinger

Petroleum Institute
Dawn is a lecturer in the Academic Bridge Program at the Petroleum Institute. Her areas of interest include curriculum development, materials design and language assessment.
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Kevin Schoepp

Jumeira University
Kevin is the Director of Academic Excellence, Jumeira University. His areas of focus include learning assessment, accreditation, and program review. He has lived in the UAE for 14 years.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 7

15:00

Joint Projects in EFL Contexts.
The presentation discusses the impact of using joint versus traditional projects upon EFL students’ communicative competence. Involving two groups, the presenter implemented an experimental study at a private university in Dubai during the academic year 2015-2016. In light of findings, recommendations will be made for EFL practitioners to consider.

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Suhair Al Alami

Al Ghurair University
Suhair Al-Alami holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Aston University, and another PhD in Linguistics from Ain Shams University. Al-Alami is an Assistant Professor at Al Ghurair University, Dubai.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Sahab 1

15:00

Male Beauty Cream Advertisements:A Critical Discourse Analysis
The discursive construction of male identity is of interest to critical discourse analysts. This research focuses on male beauty creams advertisements. It reveals the major variables that affect men’s behavior toward the consumption of beauty creams through researching the linguistic features and visual aspects used in male beauty product advertisements.

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Yasmine Soheim

Teaching Fellow, MA TESOL Program, The American University in Cairo
Yasmine Soheim, MA TESOL, teaches Freshmen undergraduates Rhetoric & Composition courses at the American University in Cairo. Soheim\'s teaching methods are enlightened by her interest in research.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Executive Suite 3

15:00

Observing classes with a 'theme'
Classroom observation has been a mainstay of teacher development for a long time. However, the efficacy of it is not always ideal. The presenter will describe how a tweak in the way observation is normally conducted is enough to ensure its effectiveness. Intended audience: Teacher trainers.

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Hossein Taqi Esfahani

Motarjem Language School
Hossein Taqi Esfahani has been in ELT management and teacher training since 2008. He is a Cambridge CELTA holder and his areas of interest are teacher training and development.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 5

15:00

Planned/Incidental Focus on Form and Grammatical Accuracy
The presenter begins by talking briefly about the history of language teaching and in particular communicative language teaching and its ineffectiveness in developing language accuracy. Later, she introduces some new ideas regarding how to tackle the problem in classroom to help learners start speaking more accurately.

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somayeh gerami

azad university
English teacher, university lecturer and teacher trainer for more than ten years, master's holder in TEFL, interested and experienced in designing and developing materials.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Executive Suite 2

15:00

Prospective ESL teachers’ writing strategies and difficulties
Learning to write effectively in a second language has represented a real difficulty for many ESL students for decades. Motivated by the limitations of previous studies, this paper aims at highlighting and discussing interactively EFL/ESL Arab students’ language proficiency and writing strategies and difficulties when composing direct and translated essays.

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Sadiq Abdulwahed Ismail

College of Education, United Arab Emirates University
Sadiq Ismail is currently working in the College of Education, UAE University as an associate professor of English language education. His research interests include teacher education, ESP and language acquisition.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Hospitality Suite

15:00

Teaching English through Crafts to Young Learners
Arts and crafts activities naturally engage young learners in language learning and help them to develop their motor skills. The presenter will describe the implementation of craft making-activities in her English classes for 7-9 year old beginner learners. Intended audience: teachers, teacher trainers.

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Adena Deh Bashian Hazar Jaribi

American University of Armenia
Adena is a current MA TEFL student at the American University of Armenia. Her areas of interest include teaching methodology and teaching English to young learners._x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 8

15:00

Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar with World Literature
Come and learn how to turn tedious learning of grammar into a course that explores world literature and poetry. Target audience: teachers of adult and young adult intermediate and advanced learners.

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Milena Hovhannisyan

American University of Armenia
Milena Hovhannisyan is an MA TEFL student at the American University of Armenia and currently is teaching English at the European Collage of Armenia._x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 6

15:00

The Native Speaker Fallacy: International Perspectives
This presentation explores the longstanding, but contested, belief that native-speaker teachers are intrinsically better than non-native-speaker teachers. A mixed-method study reveals perceptions and experiences on the topic from 200 students and teachers at a Vancouver college and an Abu Dhabi University. Practical ways to challenge current attitudes are provided.

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Sarah Hopkyns

Zayed University, Abu Dhabi
Sarah Hopkyns teaches English at Zayed University, UAE. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Leicester, focusing on global English and its effect on Emirati cultural identity.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 1

15:00

UPP Efficacy from Students and Teachers Perspectives
University Preparatory Programs have been used to develop students’ language proficiency and prepare them for studying in the medium of English. The presenter will display the findings of research done on the efficacy of such a program as perceived by students and teachers. Intended audience: curriculum designers, EFL teachers

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Amna Yousif

Ahfad university
I’m an Associate Professor with a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Reading University. I taught various subjects at tertiary institutions. My main interests are learner autonomy and teacher training.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Junior Suite 3

15:00

Using SNSs in Learning English language
Using SNSs in academic field with regulated learning environment promote both effective methods of teaching and learning English language. The presenter will discuss the reasons behind using SNSs that affect students’ academic self- efficacy. Intended audience: Teachers and researchers. SNSs: Social Networking Sites

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Alyaa Almarwaey

Umm Al-Qura University
Alyaa Omar Almarwaey is a lecturer at UQU. Alyaa is a PhD Student. She has got her Ma in English Curriculum (EFL) from Kamgwon National University in Korea.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Executive Suite 1

15:00

Discussion 1 - Bridging the gap between teaching and research
Discussion 2

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Wafa Zoghbor

Zayed University
Dr. Zoghbor is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English and Writing Studies, Zayed University. Her research activities focus on Phonology, teaching ELF to Arabs and Arabic sight words.

Thursday March 9, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Samaya Ballroom C

15:30

The professional identity of teacher educators
This presentation presents the findings of a qualitative study of the professional identity of some of those involved in the preparation of new teachers.

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Christine Thorne

Dr Christine Thorne has extensive experience of EFL teaching , teacher education and materials development in these areas having worked in numerous international contexts including Morocco, Egypt, Oman, China, Poland and the UAE. | https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christine_Thorne


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 4

15:30

Analyzing data using thematic narrative analysis
This 30 minute presentation is for anyone who is in the early stages of post graduate research. I will show how I came to choose thematic narrative analysis as a means of data interpretation and also give some practical advice on how to go about it.

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Ellie Cavalcanti

Senior Lecturer, Khalifa University
Ellie Cavalcanti has been a teacher, teacher trainer and administrator in the UAE for the past 16 years. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Khalifa University.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Executive Suite 2

15:30

Contribution of learning style to language Performance
This study examined language learners’ learning style contribution to their performances on sections of a language proficiency test. The participants (N=80) were administered a learning style questionnaire and a language proficiency test. This study argues that language learners’ performances on the test can be convincingly predicted by their learning styles.

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Azadeh Bazrafshan

University of Tehran
Azadeh Bazrafshan received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in TEFL from the University of Tehran, in 2003 and 2009, and she is a Ph.D. candidate in TEFL at University of Tehran.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Junior Suite 3

15:30

Critical Aspects of Curriculum in the UAE
The Ministry of Education of the UAE has introduced a new K-12 English curriculum. The presenters will discuss the curriculum design process, connect this process to curriculum theory and discuss the challenges of introducing a critical stance on curriculum in this context. Intended audience: Curriculum developers, materials writers and teachers.

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Emily Borecki

Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education
Emily Borecki MA, currently works in the curriculum department of the Ministry of Education, Dubai and has worked as an English language content specialist across the Middle East.
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Mary Cullinan

Ministry of Education
Mary Cullinan is a Doctoral candidate at Exeter University with extensive international academic experience, mainly in the Middle East. Her main research interest includes curriculum and professionalism.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Sahab 2

15:30

Eclecticism in Foreign Language Teaching
An invitation to language teachers to appreciate the advantages of adapting eclecticism in FLT which could improve a situation failed by blindly sticking to a specific method. Eclectic approach guides the foreign language teachers to experiment the best teaching techniques.Multiple tasks and interaction patterns are the salient features.

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Shafqat Khalil

English Language Institute - King Abdulaziz University - Jeddah Saudi Arabia
Shafqat Khalil is Supervisor Academic Operations/Teacher Trainer and Observer at ELI/ ILM Certified Mentor and Academic Coach with 19 years of experience as ESL teacher and ELT programme manager.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Hospitality Suite

15:30

Effective strategies to empower EFL teacher motivation
This study explores effective teacher motivation management strategies that current university EFL teachers utilize in their teaching and research practice through the path of their career as a professional by conducting semi structured interviews along with lifeline charts. The aim of study is to contribute to teacher education and development.

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Rie Tsutsumi Harada

Rikkyo University
Rie Harada is a lecturer at Rikkyo University. Her interest areas are learner and teacher motivation, socio-psychological aspects of language teaching and learning, and teacher education in TESOL.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Executive Suite 3

15:30

English-Arabic Code Switching in Instant Messaging
Speakers of Arabic tend to switch codes between English and Arabic in their daily conversations. The presenter will show a study investigating the reasons that make people switch codes while writing instant messages.Intended audience: teachers/researchers of applied linguistics

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Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 6

15:30

Evaluating language assessment courses in Iran
There seems to be a mismatch between what English language teachers are taught in most language assessment courses and what they need to know about language assessment when they start their work as English teachers. The presenter will bring up five reasons for this problem. Intended audience: teacher trainers.

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Esmat Babei

Kharazmi Univerrsity
Esmat Babaei is currently a University instructor.
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Mitra Janatifar

Alzahra University
Mitra Janatifar is currently a PhD candidate from Alzahra University, Iran. Her main areas of interest are language assessment and testing and the use of technology for educational purposes.
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Seyyedeh Susan Marandi

Alzahra University
Susan Marandi is currently a University instructor.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Junior Suite 2

15:30

Examining ‘vowel blindness’ among Arabic EFL learners
Arabic speakers have been shown to have exceptional difficulty processing English word-level written forms. These difficulties are characterized in the literature as vowel blindness. The presenter will shed some light on the emersion of vowel blindness hypothesis, and will report on the findings obtained from eye-tracking data examining vowel blindness.

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Khaled Alhazmi

Swansea University
Lecturer at King Abdulaziz Academy (KSA). Currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at Swansea University, interested in the areas of EFL reading and eye-tracking as a psycholinguistic research method.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Junior Suite 1

15:30

Implementing Extensive Reading in ELC
Extensive Reading is really important in developing students proficiency in any language as well as to help them pass their tests. The presenter will describe the way of implementing extensive reading in English Language classes. Intended audience: English teachers

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Wesam Thabet

free lancer
Wesam Mohammad has worked in many places outside and inside UAE. Her last experience was with American University of Sharjah


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 3

15:30

IPad tasking on Facebook and Trip Advisor
Specific purpose language courses challenge students into performing meaningful tasks benchmarking their skills in professional scenarios. This session explains the design, implementation and analysis stages of real world tasks, illustrating MALL course delivery, implementation and findings with sample tasks, Facebook extracts and Trip Advisor artefacts. Intended audience: Teacher trainers, Teachers

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Serge Gabarre

University of Nizwa
Serge Gabarre is an assistant professor at the University of Nizwa. His field of expertise include teaching French with mobile devices and social networking sites.
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Cecile Gabarre

University of Nizwa
Cecile Gabarre has a wide experience in the field of teaching French with technology. Her research focuses on engaging students with mobile devices and on enhancing the learning experience.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 1

15:30

Literature a Springboard, the World Argument’s Playground
Lawyers, businessmen, teachers, etc. use speeches studied in literature to build written, oral or web based arguments. They begin with a proposition supported by claims: formal and informal to convince an audience and rebut counterarguments relying on critical reasoning, emotional intelligence, planning and analysing to establish facts and relevant values.

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Inas Kotby

American University in Cairo & Modern American Education School
Presenter is an administrator, teacher trainer, and teacher. She teaches ESP, EAP, BE, and exam preparation courses: IB TOFEL, AP Language, and ILEC. Presented at international conferences for 25 years.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 5

15:30

Overcoming the Negativity Bias
The “Negativity Bias” is our tendency to focus on the negative aspects of our life. For students, it can obstruct learning and creativity. In this session, the presenter will discuss practical solutions to overcome negativity and increase positivity in the ESL classroom.

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David Hoffman

American University of Kuwait
David Hoffman has taught at several institutions and levels, from beginner to advanced and specializes in academic English with a focus on how positivity affects learning outcomes.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Executive Suite 4

15:30

Ready, Set, Blend: Perspectives on Blended Classrooms
Blended Learning is a rapidly growing teaching and learning approach. This presentation will highlight the researchers’ own experiences and reflections on blending their classes focusing on student engagement. Practical tips will be shared with participants on various strategies and technologies used in the researchers’ own classes.

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Pinar Ayber

EFL Instructor, Zayed University
Pinar has taught secondary and tertiary levels since 1991. She holds an MSc TESOL from Aston University. Her interest areas are NLP, MI, flipped classrooms, Ed tech and M learning.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 8

15:30

TESOL Motivation Keys for Middle Eastern Youth
You prepare an interesting lesson plan for your youth learners to smoothly achieve the objectives of a new English Language course. With great determination you teach, but you find no interaction. What does your preparation lack? Why aren’t the learners motivated? How to critically engage them? Intended Audience: Teachers

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Nour Chahine

Phoenix International School
I was born in 1985,Lebanon. I hold BA in TESOL and MA in school leadership from the Lebanese American University. I have been an English language coordinator and teacher trainer since 2007.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Executive Suite 1

15:30

The National Archives: Treasury of Authentic Materials
The presenters will discuss their experience as participants on a research team for an International and Civil Security textbook for Khalifa University. The research goals were to find suitable materials for the above course and for EFL learners from local newspaper articles at the National Archives in Abu Dhabi.

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Claudia Kiburz

Khalifa University
Claudia Kiburz has been teaching English for 20 years. Her research interests include the use of technology and art in English Language Learning. She is an active IELTS Examiner.
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Julie Marie Ross

Khalifa University
Julie teaches English and is the Academic Lead in the Preparatory Program at Khalifa University. She has also worked in TEFL in Canada, Japan, Indonesia and Hong Kong.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 7

15:30

Using Alternative Media in the CLIL Classroom
The presenter will share a variety of upper intermediate adult age activities that promote critical thinking skills and debating strategies based on controversial topics intended for the CLIL classroom. The goal of these materials is to raise students’ awareness whilst increasing their linguistic and rhetorical competency.

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Roberto Rabbini

Rikkyo University
Roberto has researched, published and presented in a variety of EFL areas. He is a member of Toastmasters and is currently President of Saitama TMC.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 2

15:30

Working in partnership to achieve world-class education
Education reform plays a key role in making a nation’s vision a reality. Presenters from Cambridge University Press and the Ministry of Education will share how their current partnership is reforming the UAE English language curriculum, through classroom materials, teacher training and assessment tools. Intended audience: Leaders and Teachers.

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Catarina Constancia

Cambridge University Press
Catarina Constancia is Cambridge University Press's lead project manager working on the Bridge to Success partnership with the UAE Ministry of Education. She is a publishing and education specialist.


Thursday March 9, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Sahab 1

16:15

Advanced Observation with a Twist!
Peer observation is nothing new in the field. However, it has never been detailed enough to impact the teachers’ future practices. This workshop will introduce a new mentored process of peer observation with a "twist" through which you can promote teacher development.

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Tina Samadian

Freelance
Tina Samadian is a freelance trainer and ELT consultant with more than 20 years of experience. Her interests include teacher training and development.
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Behnush Ghassemi Tari

Freelance
Behnush Ghassemi Tari is an experienced trainer and ELT consultant with more than 20 years of experience. Her areas of interest are teacher training and development.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Executive Suite 4

16:15

Beyond Words: Visual Stimuli for Speaking
Visual Stimuli have long played an important role in the ESL classroom, but this interactive and practical workshop looks at ways to use them creatively for speaking and listening.

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William Attwood

Freelance
I am currently a freelance teacher of ESL in London. I studied at Oxford and London Universities. I have teaching experience in Saudi Arabia and Germany.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 3

16:15

Data: the view from the water cooler...
This workshop is based on the presenters’ recent experience with a large scale, internationally funded project, and investigates participants’ willingness to become involved and to deliver valid and reliable data. The discussion should provide useful insights into the disconnect between what participants say they think, and what they actually do.

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Amanda Howard

Teaching Fellow TESOL, University of Leeds
Amanda Howard PhD is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds and has been teaching TESOL-related courses for many years in both the Middle East and the UK.
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Michael McMurray

Gulf University for Science and Technology
Michael McMurray has thirty-plus years designing, coordinating, and delivering multiple levels of English. Areas of recent research include myths/realities of engagement, authenticity, academic skills, blended learning and professional development.
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Amira Traish

University of Sharjah
Amira Traish EdD is Women’s Campus_x000D_ | Co-ordinator of the English Language Centre_x000D_ | at the University of Sharjah where she has_x000D_ | facilitated curricular changes to the Foundation_x000D_ | programme.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 5

16:15

Improving Literacy with ESL Learners using ReadingA-Z
Usage of the software program Reading A-Z can have a strong impact on improving literacy with ESL Learners in the UAE. Results based on research from 125 5th graders at a UAE Cycle 1 site over a five months. The program incorporated multimedia, positive behavior management, and multimodal learning.

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Steven Brownson

Innovative Online Design
Dr. Steven Brownson has taught Cycle 1 English in the UAE. Dr. Brownson has 26 years as an ESL instructor. His research interests include language acquisition, multimedia usage, and literacy.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 7

16:15

PowToon is The Answer
PowToon is a free web application for making animated videos that can help teachers increase their effectiveness in organizing and presenting their lessons and creating their own materials for traditional, blended and flipped classes. Make your own PowToon in this workshop!

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Amanda Radwan

Zayed University
Amanda is an instructor at Zayed University. She holds an MA in Adult Education from the University of Sydney. Her interest areas are technology, material development, and vocabulary acquisition.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Junior Suite 1

16:15

Promoting Reading Skills with Mobile Technology
This workshop is intended for language teachers interested in technology and literacy. It shall explore how tablet and smart phone use during reading activities promoted deeper interaction with texts, enriched learner feedback, and how teachers can apply these ideas within their own teaching context.

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Glenn Tucker

Qatar University
Glenn Tucker is a Lecturer at Qatar University with over ten years experience teaching English internationally. Glenn has a Masters in TEFL/TESL and is also CELTA-trained.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Executive Suite 2

16:15

Schoology: Teacher’s Best friend
The world is moving towards teaching with technology to create a nontraditional learning environment to meet the requirements of the 21st century. The presenter will describe how she has used Schoology to create exams, tasks , discussions and to communicate with her students .Intended audience: Teachers new to teaching with technology.

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Eiman Yousif

ADVETI
Eiman Yousif, Masters of Education from USA. Ms. Yousif spent 25 years in the teaching field and has taught in several countries (USA, SUDAN, UAE.) Eiman speaks English and Arabic.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Junior Suite 3

16:15

Selecting, completing and using an ESOL course.
Tony’s interactive presentation takes a pragmatic view of continuing professional development and includes a focus on a wide range of both pedagogic and academic courses for educationalists. He links current, professional needs to course selection whilst simultaneously focusing on future development possibilities and offers strategies for success.

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Tony Waterman

Royal Air Force of Oman
Tony has been a CELTA / DELTA trainer and holds a certificate, diploma, Master’s and doctorate in ELT. He is currently a teacher educator and materials writer in Muscat.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 6

16:15

Artificial Intelligence: Panacea or Pandora's Box?
"Students, meet your new teacher, Mr. Robot.” In some laboratories around the world, scientists are developing highly programmed machines that are guided by Artificial Intelligence (AI) software. The presenter will explain what Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIEd) is and she will set out the argument against it. Intended audience: educators.

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Nara Avtandilyan

AC-Kuwait, Canadian Institution
More than transmitting knowledge, teaching is about inspiring others to discover their purpose and potential.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 2

16:15

Challenges facing CLIL implementation in the UAE
One of the challenges facing CLIL instructors and students is connecting content knowledge and language proficiency. Based on the current UAE Advanced Science Program, this presentation will offer strategies and suggestions to help teachers and students address the disparity between content and language. Intended audience: subject and EFL teachers.

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Nicolas Hubert-Smith

Ministry of Education, Dubai
Nicolas is a curriculum designer for the UAE Ministry of Education. He has five years experience in teaching and designing ESL curricula in Canada, South Korea and Middle East._x000D_


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 8

16:15

Diversity in Academic Faculty: Benefits and Challenges
“Diversity” in an academic department could enhance the quality of “productivity”. It has a positive influence on teaching process. Despite the benefits, diverse academics could challenge the leader to develop some leadership skills to deal with. Presenter will describe both sides of this diversity based on her experience.

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Shamsa Al Rushaidi

Ministry of Higher Education, College of Applied Sciences- Sohar
Shamsa, Head of English Department in College of Applied Sciences- Sohar. She has been teaching for 25 years. She went through different experiences from teaching young learners to tertiary level . She has 5 years experience in teacher training and 2 years in leadership and management . | She participated in different conferences, nationally and internationally. | | Shamsa had her MA in TESOL from Leeds University. Her teaching belief is... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Junior Suite 2

16:15

Do We Know enough about Teacher Repeats?
Teacher repetitions are one of the main features of teaching and learning, especially in the L2 classroom. The presenter will share findings of a research-based inquiry about the different types of repeats and their impact on teacher talk and interaction patterns in the classroom.

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Slim Khemakhem

Acting Chair of Education, Higher Colleges of Technology-Fujairah
Dr. Slim Khemakhem is the Acting Chair of Education at Fujairah Women's College. He has given many presentations and workshops for teachers in schools and teachers in training.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Executive Suite 1

16:15

Exe-learning: an educational interactive web content creator.
The presenter begins by showing what exe-learning is. She gives examples of how to create materials. She shows the results of how exe-learning looks once created. She goes through the pros and cons of using it, and finishes by interacting with audience to check feasibility of use in different contexts.

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Carmen Medina

Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Men’s College
I am a Canadian-born bilingual English-Spanish instructor who is currently the Foundations Program Chair at HCT, DMC. My PhD is on culture and language. I am a lifelong learner.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Sahab 2

16:15

Flipping Academic Writing: Impact on Students’ Engagement
EFL students’ lack of engagement in academic writing courses has debilitating effects and hinders academic progress. The presenter will describe the impact of flipping on GFP students’ behavioural, cognitive, emotional, and agentic engagement in academic writing. Intended audience: EFL educators, pre-service teachers, and teacher trainers.

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Afaf Gasmi

Middle East College
I am a senior lecturer. I am currently pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education at the University of Liverpool, UK. My research interests include innovative teaching, CALL, and MALL.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Sahab 1

16:15

Fulfilling Workplace-Writing Demands: Blessing or Curse?
Graduates entering the workforce should meet the demands of communicating effectively in various forms of writing. The presenter describes the results of a project that addresses a continuing problem in technical education: the mismatch between the writing skills of technical specializations graduates and the demands of writing in the workplace.

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Issa Al Hinai

University of Exeter
Issa Al Hinai is a PhD student in the University of Exeter. He has taught English in the Omani technical colleges since 2009.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Executive Suite 3

16:15

Inferencing strategies towards unknown words during reading
During reading, EFL learners will encounter unknown or unfamiliar words, thus they resort to compensatory strategies. One of these strategies is inferencing the meanings of theses unknown word though resoring to linguistic and non-linguistic clues. The presenter will present evidence form her data as to the nature of these strategies

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Nesreen Al-Ahmadi

King Abdul Aziz Univeristy
A lecture at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia. Currently a post-graduate student. My interests are lexical inferencing of unknown words during reading and what EFL learners do,


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 4

16:15

Learner Autonomy: CSRE Approach- the launching pad
Learner autonomy doesn’t occur automatically. Teachers play a major interactive role with both the learners and learning environment. What is required: the proper groundwork, the platform which will encourage the students to open up, act freely and autonomously? CSRE approach might help in preparing and fostering the students’ confidence level.

Speakers
avatar for Md. Quamruddin Ansari

Md. Quamruddin Ansari

Bayan College, affiliated to Purdue University, USA
Dr. Ansari has thirty years of ESL teaching experience. He is a regular presenter and a writer. His areas of interests are: Teachers & Motivational Strategies, Learner autonomy and TALL.


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Hospitality Suite

16:15

Assessment Literacy in English Language Teaching
Speakers
avatar for Christine Coombe

Christine Coombe

Dubai Men's College
Dr Christine Coombe is a faculty member at Dubai Men's College where she teaches research methods. She has served TESOL Arabia in many capacities including Co-chair of this conference.
avatar for Peter Davidson

Peter Davidson

Zayed University
Peter has taught in New Zealand, Japan, the UK, and he currently teaches at Zayed University, Dubai. Peter recently co-edited The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment (2012, CUP).


Thursday March 9, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Samaya Ballroom B

17:00

Advancing the Profession through Reflective Practice
Speakers
TF

Tom Farrell

Brock University
Thomas S.C. Farrell is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. Professor Farrell’s professional interests include Reflective Practice, and Language Teacher Education & Development. Professor Farrell has published widely in academic journals and has presented at major conferences worldwide on these topics. His latest books are Promoting teacher reflection in language education: a framework for TESOL... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Samaya Ballroom B

17:45

 
Friday, March 10
 

08:00

IN-CONF PDC 1 - Session 4: Maximizing the potential of our language activities
Speakers
HC

Helena Curtain

University of Wisconsi-Milwaukee
Helena Curtain, Ph. D. is an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual immersion education. Her special interest is in teaching language to young learners. She is the co-author of Languages and Children: Making the Match, now in its fifth edition– a book used in universities throughout the USA for preparing language teachers to work in grades K-8. Dr. Curtain... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 08:00 - 09:00
Salon 1

09:00

A New Approach to IELTS Reading
Completing the IELTS reading test in just 60 minutes with at least 30 correct answers seems like an impossible task for most test takers despite having an extensive vocabulary. This session will introduce useful strategies that will help your students read better and faster. Intended audience: Teachers and teacher trainers.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Executive Suite 3

09:00

Education Journalism for an Innovative ELT Career
Education Journalism is the least promoted section for ELT educators. In this presentation, the conference attendees will look into different aspects of advancing their ELT profession with education journalism. Different avenues for education journalism will be discussed throughout giving them an innovative ELT career option. Intended audience: Experienced teachers

Speakers
avatar for Fatmah Azam Ali

Fatmah Azam Ali

Executive Director, Teacher Trainer, Master English Education & Training, GCC
Fatmah Ali (pursuing PhD) is a teacher trainer, corporate trainer, accreditation inspector and an education journalist. For the second time, she has been awarded as the most influential leaders for the MENAA Awards, 2016.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Salon 5

09:00

Engaged 21st Century learning with social media
This interactive workshop will engage ESL educators in 21st century learning pedagogy. Educators will learn techniques to engage their learners through social media such as APPS, Twitter, SKYPE in the ESL or classroom. The award winning presenter will provide simple yet effective techniques for sustained learning in a global classroom.

Speakers
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Natasha E. Feghali

TESOL Kuwait
Natasha E. Feghali is an award winning Second Language Specialist educator from Canada. Feghali is a published author as well as DELF/DALF France instructor as well as AIM Language Educator.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Salon 4

09:00

Grammar Strategies for Academic Reading Comprehension
IEP students need to use reading strategies. This session presents an instructional technique for helping students improve their comprehension through: (1) explicit instruction on the function of phrases and clauses, (2) extensive practice noticing these structures in authentic texts, (3) guided practice using grammatical knowledge to repair comprehension breakdowns.

Speakers
avatar for Zayne Amer

Zayne Amer

American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
Zayne Amer is a Senior English Lecturer at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Since 2011, she has focused on finding useful reading comprehension repair strategies for students.
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Chris Edwards

American University of Iraq
Chris is a Senior English Lecturer working in always exciting and beautiful Iraqi Kurdistan. He specializes in university preparatory reading and grammar instruction but is always up for a challenge.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Sahab 2

09:00

Principles of effective assessment in teaching English
Assessment not only provides the learning motivation, but also it dominates the content and the way we deliver the courses. Therefore all the assessments should be reviewed in the light of 8 fair and effective assessment principles to motivate learners and create future leaders.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Executive Suite 2

09:00

Implementing PBL in ESP Teaching/ Learning
The presenter starts with a discussion of the epistemological bases of Problem Based Learning (PBL) Methodology. She informs the audience about the reasons why PBL is a desirable approach in teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP); discusses its different types; and shows how it can be implemented.

Speakers
avatar for Hajer Zarrouk

Hajer Zarrouk

Université du Havre, Normandie, France
Hajer Zarrouk, PhD in language pedagogy, Université du Havre, Normandie, France, has taught for 20 years in secondary and tertiary education and she is passionate about innovations in L2 teaching/ learning.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Hospitality Suite

09:00

IN-CONF PDC 3 - Session A: Building language for and through content learning
Speakers
MM

Myriam Met

University of Maryland
Dr. Myriam Met is an independent consultant who works K-12 with language programs and teacher professional development. She was Acting Director of the NFLC and a senior research associate prior to her retirement. Mimi was also a supervisor of foreign language instruction for major urban and suburban school districts for over 25 years. In that capacity, and as a consultant to educational agencies, she planned, implemented, and evaluated language... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Salon 1

09:00

09:00

IN-CONF PDC 3 - Session C: Guided reading: a journey towards effective reading
Speakers
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Anna Hasper

Consultant, IDP
Anna is an experienced teacher trainer with extensive experience across the MENA region. Her interests are teacher development, educational-psychology and effective practice. She regularly writes articles for English Teaching Professional.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Salon 3

09:00

09:00

09:00

Adapting Teaching Strategies to Arab Student Needs
Do you find it hard to identify your Arab student needs? Do you wonder how you can adapt your teaching strategies to Arab student needs? Understanding Arab students and learning how to identify their needs can help you benefit your student population. Intended Audience: ESL Teachers Teaching Arab Students

Speakers
KR

Kashif Raza

EFL Lecturer, Qatar University
Kashif Raza teaches for Qatar University’s Foundation Program. His research interests include Differentiated Instructions, (Arab) Student Expectations, Teacher Feedback, Culturally Oriented Curriculum, Educational Leadership, and Policy Development.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Junior Suite 1

09:00

Do ‘linguistic habits’ affect ‘thinking’?
The conceptualizations we acquire through our L1s are difficult to change when we learn typologically different L2s. In narrating events of a children story, thirteen native speakers and thirteen L2 speakers of English show pervasive differences largely because of the systematic variations in the grammars inherent in respective L1s.

Speakers
IL

imed louhichi

American University of Ras al Khaimah
Dr. Louhichi holds a PhD in Cognitive Linguistics (University of Sussex, England). His general research interests include Linguistic Categorization and Linguistic Relativity. Currently, he works as a Visiting Assistant Professor.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Junior Suite 2

09:00

Flipping the Classroom to Encourage Student Engagement
Research has shown that using the flipped classroom can increase EFL student engagement, motivation, and success in learning. In this presentation, the researcher will discuss his use of the flipped classroom via action research. His findings suggest that there is some benefit to using this approach to increase student engagement.

Speakers
JI

James Ishler

HCT - Fujiarah Women's College
Dr. Jim Ishler has more than 25 years of experience teaching EFL students. He teaches at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Fujairah, where he teaches in the Education department.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Samaya Ballroom C

09:00

Game-based apps in a non-game context
Game-based apps provide an innovative way for the teacher to better engage students in the assessment process and to help expand their learning. The presenter will describe how Plickers can be utilized as an effective mode of testing.

Speakers
BA

Besma Allagui

Rabdan Academy
_x000D_ | Besma Allagui is a lecturer at Rabdan Academy in Abu Dhabi. She has a PhD in Applied linguistics.Her research interests include EFL writing and sociocultural influences on language learning.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Salon 8

09:00

Indexicality in the Egyptian Movie: Assal Aswed
The presenter applies Indexicality theory on the Egyptian movie Assal Aswed where several linguistic codes and indexes, differ according to the situation, like English, Standard Arabic (SA), and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) have been shown. The presenter will display some examples of Code-switching from the movie. Intended audience: Socio-linguists.

Speakers

Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Junior Suite 3

09:00

Indexicality in the Egyptian Movie: Assal Aswed
The presenter applies Indexicality theory on the Egyptian movie Assal Aswed where several linguistic codes and indexes, differ according to the situation, like English, Standard Arabic (SA), and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) have been shown. The presenter will display some examples of Code-switching from the movie. Intended audience: Socio-linguists.

Speakers

Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Junior Suite 3

09:00

Indexicality in the Egyptian Movie: Assal Aswed
The presenter applies Indexicality theory on the Egyptian movie Assal Aswed where several linguistic codes and indexes, differ according to the situation, like English, Standard Arabic (SA), and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) have been shown. The presenter will display some examples of Code-switching from the movie. Intended audience: Socio-linguists.

Speakers

Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Junior Suite 3

09:00

Indexicality in the Egyptian Movie: Assal Aswed
The presenter applies Indexicality theory on the Egyptian movie Assal Aswed where several linguistic codes and indexes, differ according to the situation, like English, Standard Arabic (SA), and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) have been shown. The presenter will display some examples of Code-switching from the movie. Intended audience: Socio-linguists.

Speakers

Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Junior Suite 3

09:00

Metacognitive awareness of L1 &L2 reading strategies
This study investigated reported use of reading strategies among Omani high school EFL learners, comparing reading strategies in L1 (Arabic) and L2 (English), and examining relationships between reading strategy use and reading proficiency. Participants (N=120) completed a survey of reading strategy use, and a sub-sample (n=10) completed think-aloud protocols.


Friday March 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Executive Suite 1

10:00

IN-CONF PDC 2 - Session 1: How to create a deep and rich curriculum for young learners
If they are to ensure their future success as English language learners, teachers need to be able to provide our young learners of today with structured, co-ordinated and engaging instruction from the beginning. In this 3-hour PDC course, experts, Luciana C. de Oliveira, Helena Curtain and Gwendydd Caudwell will share their insights. In the first session, Helena will work to develop participants’ ability to identify curriculum that can establish the ground-work for promoting both curiosity and literacy in young learners. Then, they will work on ways to enhance the immediate interest value and cultural appropriacy of the themes developed while at the same time incorporating activities that will stimulate thinking. In the next session, Luciana will discuss the need for the classroom to be a place where learners have the support and opportunities that they need to learn language and content simultaneously. She will present the LACI model – a language-based approach to content instruction which is built on six C’s of scaffolding. Participants will try out specific strategies and activities that support youngsters and scaffold their learning. Finally, in any learning experience, it is necessary to have a means to test what has been learnt – but what constitute appropriate means of evaluating the learning of young learners? Is it appropriate to use similar testing techniques to those that are adequate for adults? This is the question that Gwendydd poses. After substantiating her challenge to that approach, Gwendydd will lead participants through a review of assessment tasks for the Speaking Skill as an example of how to tailor items so that they are more suited to the age group. Session  

Speakers
HC

Helena Curtain

University of Wisconsi-Milwaukee
Helena Curtain, Ph. D. is an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual immersion education. Her special interest is in teaching language to young learners. She is the co-author of Languages and Children: Making the Match, now in its fifth edition– a book used in universities throughout the USA for preparing language teachers to work in grades K-8. Dr. Curtain... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 10:00 - 10:45
Salon 2

10:15

Lecture Comprehension Difficulties in English-Medium Programmes
This presentation aims to investigate lecture comprehension difficulties encountered by Omani EFL engineering students, and the coping strategies that they used to handle them in an English-medium undergraduate programme. The presenter will report some salient difficulties experienced by students and the strategies used to handle them. Intended audience: EAP/ESP practitioners.

Speakers
HA

Holi Ali

Rustaq College of Applied Sciences
Holi works for a public college in Oman. He is pursuing a PhD in the UK. His teaching and research interests include EMI .He presented widely at and published extensively.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 10:45
Sahab 1

10:15

Engaging Students in Novels through Dramatic Arts
Reading novels has benefits ranging from improved vocabulary and grammar to enhanced powers of imagination and analysis/synthesis. However, motivating students to read can be challenging. The presenter will show how English learners in Kuwait have engaged in their novels collaboratively by acting them on stage.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Koushki

Alison Koushki

American University of Kuwait
Alison Larkin Koushki has taught EFL in Gulf universities for several years. Originally from Boston, she specializes in teaching novels creatively through dramatic and visual arts.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Sahab 2

10:15

Helping EFL Students Fare Better in Exams
You are confident that your students have mastered the differences between the tenses. They could easily ace the Reading, Listening and Writing sections of any given quiz. Then, you mark their Weekly Quiz and find out they overlooked easy questions. How can you help them do better next time?

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Binayan

Catherine Binayan

English Instructor, University of Nizwa
Catherine has been teaching English to Foundation students at the University of Nizwa for the last five years. Prior to this, she has taught in Taiwan, China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Hospitality Suite

10:15

New media Literacy Why Should be Implemented?
It is important for the teachers and the stakeholders to acknowledge the influence of social media in the classroom and integrate the relevant information to enhance the learning of students. The presenter will discuss its exposure and scope to broaden the educational experience. Intended audience: Teachers and School Management

Speakers
NA

Nadia Al-Ghamdi

Ministry of Education
Nadia ALGhamdi has acquired her portfolio as the Foreign Education Supervisor-Yanbu, teachers’ trainer and TEFL specialist. Currently, she is organizing her research paper on “Effective School Leadership”


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Executive Suite 4

10:15

The Power of Stories
Storytelling is a traditional means of passing on wisdom, inherent in all of our cultures and histories. This session will explore ways in which we can embrace our students’ familiarity with narrative conventions and love of stories, while at the same time maximizing opportunities for different kinds of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Palin

Cheryl Palin

Alpha Publishing
Cheryl Palin has more than 25 years of experience in the field of English Language Teaching. She has been a teacher and teacher trainer in the UK, Germany, Spain and Ecuador, specializing in English Language Teaching for Young Learners. She is an author of various ELT Primary courses, including Explorers, Ace! and Rooftops (with the pen name Suzanne Torres), and most recently Big Questions.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Salon 8

10:15

Accents and Intelligibility: Native/Non-native Teacher Differences
The intelligibility of teachers' spoken English is a crucial element of instructional delivery in the EFL classroom. Using student responses, we focus on the cognitive/pedagogical import of accents on comprehension, setting aside sociolinguistic criteria. This study is part of a larger project assessing native and non-native EFL teacher effectiveness.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Junior Suite 3

10:15

Advancing Profession: From Face-to-face to Online Training
This talk shares some challenges the presenter faced advancing her professional development from face-to-face to online training. It highlights some major skills transferable from actual to virtual classes. It also explores some important points to consider while developing /selecting online courses. Target audience: teachers, trainers, educators, material developers, course designers.

Speakers
RR

Rezvan Rashidi Pourfard

Teachers' Research Center
Rezvan Rashidi is a teacher and teacher educator. She has developed various face-to-face and online PD programs for teachers and trainers. She is interested in reflective practice and teacher development.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Salon 6

10:15

Dynamic Assessment of Writing Ability through e-mail
The presenter will demonstrate the effectiveness of dynamic assessment on promoting L2 learners' writing ability development through e-mail in terms of both product and process by use of a new regulatory scale of meditational strategies and also an innovative categorization of errors (Intended audience: researchers and teachers).

Speakers
FI

Fatemeh Imani Machke Poshti

Allemeh Mohaddes Nori
Fatemeh Imani is a MA graduate of Teaching English from Allameh Mohaddes Nouri University, Mazandaran, Iran. Her areas of interest are Vygotsky’s Socio-cultural Theory, dynamic assessment and computer-mediated communication.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Executive Suite 2

10:15

Effect of Different Types of Written CF
One of the most important tasks for second language writing teachers is providing their students with written corrective feedback (CF). Based on research conducted in EFL context, the presenter will explain how different types of linguistic features may respond to different types of written CF. Intended audience: teachers and researchers.

Speakers
FA

Fatimah Alkhawajah

King Faisal University
A lecturer at King Faisal University where she teaches undergraduate English courses in various colleges. She has an MA from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD from York University.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Junior Suite 1

10:15

Effect of reflection on self-efficacy and stress
The EFL teachers who became involved in a blogging-supported reflective professional development program for a year-long period completed online assessments of self-efficacy and stress at three time-points throughout the year. The results of the latent curve modelling analysis revealed a significant increase in self-efficacy and a decrease in stress.

Speakers
JF

Jalil Fathi

Assistant Professor, University of Kurdistan
I am an Assistant Professor in TEFL at the University of Kurdistan, Iran. My research areas of interest are Teacher Training Education,Teacher Development, Applied Cultural Linguistics, Language Assessment Literacy.
SY

Saman Yousefifard

University of Tehran
I am an MA student in TEFL at the University of Tehran, Iran. My research areas of interest are Applied Cultural Linguistics, Language Assessment Literacy, Sociolinguistics and Teacher Development.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Junior Suite 2

10:15

Effectiveness of Pre-assessment to Differentiate Reading Tasks
Pre-assessments are useful to analyze the learners’ needs and incorporate differentiation to improve EFL learners’ reading skill. In a mixed-ability class, pre-assessments help to gauge individual learner’s readiness to receive new knowledge. This talk will highlight the usefulness of pre-assessments to design differentiated tasks to meet individual learner’s learning needs.

Speakers
avatar for Syeda Saima Ferheen Bukhari

Syeda Saima Ferheen Bukhari

ELI, King Abdulaziz University
Syeda Saima Ferheen, currently heading the Quality Assurance Section at the ELI, King Abdulaziz University, is originally from Pakistan. She's a researcher, material developer, and a teacher-trainer. She supervises novice researchers, delivers teacher training sessions, and conducts PD workshops. Her recent book and research based articles have contributed to the field of EFL&ESL methods and techniques.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Salon 4

10:15

Formative Feedback in Writing: support or burden?
This paper presents an exploratory study that is conducted to investigate teachers’ beliefs about the appropriateness of the formative feedback provided in the form of metalinguistic error codes to EFL learners in writing classes.

Speakers
FI

Fatma Ismail

American College of the Middle East
Fatma is the head of the assessment unit at ACM, and a Doctorate candidate at Exeter University. She holds a master in TESOL, and a diploma in applied linguistics


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Salon 5

10:15

Integrating Marzano etal.'s Instructional Strategies With Technology
Teachers in almost all classrooms subconsciously use Marzano et al.’s nine instructional strategies; nonetheless, highlighting their importance and applying each of them using a different technological tool would be more effective for both teachers and learners. Intended audience: teachers who like to integrate technology in their language learning classrooms.

Speakers
DA

Dina Abul Magd

The American University in Cairo
MA TESOL graduate from AUC (February 2016), currently working as an English instructor at AUC (EAP), and have a previous teaching experience in GUC and Nile University.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Executive Suite 1

10:15

Practical literacy: laying foundations for learner success
Basic literacy skills are fundamental for success in language learning; secure foundations are required if learners are to develop higher-level reading and writing skills. In this session for teachers, the presenters will identify strategies and techniques for developing basic literacy, and explore the challenges faced by learners in this region.

Speakers
EP

Emma Pathare

Independent
Emma (M.Ed. ELT) is a teacher, examiner trainer and writer. Her works include OUP’s Headway Academic Skills and Navigate, CUP’s Unlock Basic Literacy and materials for Macmillan’s Skillful series.
avatar for Gary Pathare

Gary Pathare

HCT Dubai Men's College
Gary Pathare (M.Ed. TESOL): teacher (currently DMC Foundations); materials and exam writer including OUPs Milestones (two levels), New Headway Academic Skills, Headway Plus writing micro-skills, BC Aptis test; teacher trainer.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Salon 3

10:15

Small Steps to Big Achievements in EAP
This presentation addresses the needs of beginner students enrolled in tertiary-level foundation programmes in the Gulf and their teachers. It demonstrates how English for Academic Purposes can be successfully taught to beginners by providing relevant, bite-sized language and integrated-skills features, and carefully scaffolding academic tasks. Intended audience: foundation teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Sabina Ostrowska

Sabina Ostrowska

Cambridge University Press
Dr Sabina Ostrowska is an English lecturer and an EFL textbook writer. She has taught students in Sweden, Poland, and the UAE. Her research focuses on learner autonomy and EAP.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Salon 7

10:15

IN-CONF PDC 1 - Session 5: Comprehension, who needs it?– What does it really mean to ‘teach’ listening?
Speakers
JN

Jonathan Newton

Victoria University of Wellington
Jonathan Newton is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the B.Ed.(TESOL) Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked in language teaching and teacher education for more than 25 years in New Zealand, Malaysia and China. His research spans five areas of classroom language teaching and learning: teaching L2 listening and speaking, L2 vocabulary learning, task-based language teaching (TBLT), intercultural language teaching... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Salon 1

10:15

Teaching Literary Essays to EFL Students
This presentation reports on an innovative organizational strategy with the use of the computer in teaching the literary essay, one required disciplinary text that L1 Arabic students find difficult at university. The writing steps, computer use, sample student texts and comments of the experience will be shared.

Speakers
NB

Nahla Bacha

Lebanese American University
Nahla Nola Bacha, Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Lebanese American University, has published internationally in EAP, writing, discourse analysis, and EFL teaching/learning. Being Lebanese/Australian, she also researches contrastive language analysis.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Executive Suite 3

10:15

The Age of DIY Professional Development
Speakers
avatar for Bita Rezaei

Bita Rezaei

Director of Studies, Hermes INstitute
Bita Rezaei is the director of studies at Hermes Institute in Iran. She trains teachers on Cambridge Teaching Awards around the world.


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Samaya Ballroom B

10:15

Read&Research Forum
Read/Write Forum

Friday March 10, 2017 10:15 - 13:00
Sahab 1

10:15

11:00

SOLE in an iPad 1:1 ESL Classroom
A Self-Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) encourages students to maximize learning by harnessing the knowledge available on the Internet through discovery, sharing and spontaneity of individuals and groups. The presenter will share the outcomes of her research based on SOLE sessions conducted in an iPad 1:1 ESL classroom.

Speakers
PA

P. Anjali Rajan

Applied Technology High School
Anjali is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Trainer with over 15 years of teaching experience. She is currently working on her PhD from Pune University, India.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Executive Suite 4

11:00

A Course of English through Citizenship
Citizenship topics are now being integrated in many school curricula. This presentation describes a content-based course for school-aged high-elementary and low-intermediate level learners. The audience will come away with ideas of practical application of activities on citizenship and the assessment procedure. Intended audience: teachers, curriculum developers and teacher trainers.

Speakers
avatar for Nazeli Gevorgyan

Nazeli Gevorgyan

EFL/TOEFL Instructor, Methodology Specialist, American University of Armenia
Nazeli is an EFL teacher and methodology specialist at "Sunny School" educational center in Armenia. Her areas of expertise include teaching methodology, curriculum design, and new technologies in TEFL.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Junior Suite 1

11:00

Arab EFL Instructors’ Attitudes Towards Code Switching
Teachers, are you aware of the impact of your attitudes and beliefs on your practice? Do you face challenges in using Arabic to facilitate English teaching to Arab learners? Do you wish to achieve positive learning outcomes? Now, use smart code switching (CS)! Intended audience: EFL teachers.

Speakers
AA

Arwa Alamri

King Khalid University
Arwa is an EFL lecturer at King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia. She received a Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics from Brock University, Canada.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Executive Suite 2

11:00

Attitudes and use of ICT
In the present study,how teachers understand the use of computer technology resources in English language teaching is being examined. The aims are to define the teachers’ attitudes, computer technology training, discuss computer technology and professional development, elaborate teachers’ attitudes and computer technology integration,discuss teachers’ attitudes and computer anxiety.

Speakers

Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Hospitality Suite

11:00

Covert Processes Involved in Written Academic Genres
Uncovering how transpired composing processes have been a formidable task for researchers, yet discerning its nature would give practitioners an insight to expedite their decision-making processes. The presenters will describe how they have undertaken a longitudinal case study to revisit the covert processes through employing introspection, Inputlog, and video observation.

Speakers
AA

Alireza Ameri

Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch
Born in 1970, Alireza Ameri, a bilingual poet, translator, interdisciplinary researcher, and two-decade faculty member at IAU, Iran, has thought of merging art, chaos, and language into novel academic conglomerations.
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Zahra Pourniksefat

Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch
Born in 1988, Zahra Pourniksefat has received her M.A. in TEFL from Islamic Azad University. Her deep-rooted interests encompass second language writing teaching and assessment, and innovative approaches to research.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Salon 5

11:00

Creating Podcast for Beginning EFL Learners
Development of survival language skills can become feasible through listening to podcasts and utilizing podcast-based activities. This session shares the experience of creating a podcast for beginning ESL/EFL learners primarily intended for self-study and development of receptive language skills.

Speakers
SA

Seda Arakelyan

American University of Armenia
Seda Arakelyan is a 2nd year MA TEFL student at the American University of Armenia. Her main interest lies in teaching English language through incorporating technologies. _x000D_
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Arus Khcheyan

American University of Armenia
Arus Khcheyan holds an MA in International Relations and is currently pursuing her MA in TEFL at American University of Armenia. Her interests include curriculum design and language assessment.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Salon 8

11:00

Creative Grammar Teaching: Connecting the Seemingly Unconnected
It is often easy for ESL teachers to integrate creativity in activities like writing or speaking, however it might be challenging to use creativity (freedom) while teaching grammar (constraints) as both of them seem incompatible. This presentation shows how to exploit grammatical constraints to promote students' creativity through practical applications.

Speakers
MJ

Marwen Jemili

Wall Street English Saudi Arabia
I have an MA in TESOL from New York. I have been teaching for three years. I taught in New York, Tunisia, Russia and now I am teaching in KSA.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Executive Suite 1

11:00

Critical pedagogy-opportunities for the ELT profession
Critical pedagogy,although considered a high-risk endeavor, can offer opportunities for ELT professionals to engage EFL students with their lived realities. This paper reports on a critical pedagogy action research study in an English intermediate classroom in Oman and aims to raise awareness of its transformatory possibilities in the ELT field.

Speakers
AC

Alina Chirciu

Sultan Qaboos University
Ms Alina Rebecca Chirciu currently teaches English at Sultan Qaboos University. Her primary interests are promoting critical literacy, learner empowerment and mobile learning in ESL


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Junior Suite 2

11:00

Global Literacy,Intercultural Communicative Competence and Using Facebook
The researcher tries to suggest the use of the Social networks(SNSs), namely Facebook(FB) during teaching the English language to provide and help the learners in acquiring a global literacy, which she supposes, that it will positively impact their intercultural communicative competence(ICC).

Speakers
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Asma Rahmani

Doctoral student, Batna-2 University, Algeria
Rahmani Asma is a doctoral student at batna-2 university, Algeria. Specialized in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Salon 3

11:00

Multimodal System: Boon or Bane?
Teaching is challenging. The expressed expansion through multimodal setup relates a good response to achieving an inclusive educational system through linguistic knowledge. Amidst this though, teaching struggles for a regard from the turf of ESP. This study reframes ESP by espousing multimodal pedagogies to forge innovative opportunities for task-based learning.

Speakers
MM

Marlon Manuel

Ministry of Health Nursing Institute , Sultanate of Oman
English teacher working in the Sultanate of Oman with 12 years of teaching experience in the academe. Finished doctorate degree in English language education and presented papers in different venues.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Executive Suite 3

11:00

Supervisors: Friends or Foes?
There has always been a love-hate relationship between teachers and supervisors. Here at this talk, the presenter will look at the roots of this relationship, its consequences outside the staff room, and how to ensure a win-win relation and have a productive work environment. Intended audience: teachers and supervisors.


Speakers
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Behrouz Saeedie Sarcheshmeh

Apadanala
Behrouz Saeedie is a Teacher and a Teacher Trainer. He has been active in the field of EFL for 19 years. His areas of interest are Teacher Training and Development.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Salon 4

11:00

Using Classroom Debates To Engage The Students
Many secondary students in the UAE, struggle to gain basic academic skills that meet the demands of higher education and the workforce. This paper presentation focuses on the use of class debates to improve speaking, and presents a new debating style practised at a Dubai based school.

Speakers
avatar for Saima Rauf

Saima Rauf

Literacy Leader, The City School International
Saima Rauf currently works at TCSI, Dubai. She has an MA in English Linguistics and Literature. Her area of interests includes Educational Technology, Blogging,Culture Competence,Education and Leadership,and Research.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Salon 7

11:00

Using corpora to inform curriculum and teaching
Corpora are an underutilised asset to the language teacher. The presenters will show how corpora can be used to analyse large numbers of students’ written work for common mistakes, and how to use corpora to determine what vocabulary and grammar should be included in a course. Intended audience: writing teachers.

Speakers
TP

Tobias Prior

Higher Colleges of Technology
Though my first degree was in environmental sciences and I have worked as a science teacher, I became an English teacher in 1994 and have been teaching ever since.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Salon 6

11:00

Who Cares About Socio-Affective Language Learning Strategies?
This study aims at exploring and comparing language students’ and teachers’ perceptions on socio-affective language learning strategies. With this aim, 50 students and 30 teachers have been questioned and five people from each group have been interviewed about how often they use and how effective they find each strategy.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Junior Suite 3

11:00

IN-CONF PDC 2 - Session 2: The 6 ‘C’s of support for scaffolding in teaching young learners
If they are to ensure their future success as English language learners, teachers need to be able to provide our young learners of today with structured, co-ordinated and engaging instruction from the beginning. In this 3-hour PDC course, experts, Luciana C. de Oliveira, Helena Curtain and Gwendydd Caudwell will share their insights. In the first session, Helena will work to develop participants’ ability to identify curriculum that can establish the ground-work for promoting both curiosity and literacy in young learners. Then, they will work on ways to enhance the immediate interest value and cultural appropriacy of the themes developed while at the same time incorporating activities that will stimulate thinking. In the next session, Luciana will discuss the need for the classroom to be a place where learners have the support and opportunities that they need to learn language and content simultaneously. She will present the LACI model – a language-based approach to content instruction which is built on six C’s of scaffolding. Participants will try out specific strategies and activities that support youngsters and scaffold their learning. Finally, in any learning experience, it is necessary to have a means to test what has been learnt – but what constitute appropriate means of evaluating the learning of young learners? Is it appropriate to use similar testing techniques to those that are adequate for adults? This is the question that Gwendydd poses. After substantiating her challenge to that approach, Gwendydd will lead participants through a review of assessment tasks for the Speaking Skill as an example of how to tailor items so that they are more suited to the age group. Session  

Speakers
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Luciana de Oliveira

University of Miami
Luciana C. de Oliveira, Ph.D., is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, Florida. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching English language learners (ELLs) at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. Her latest books... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 11:45
Salon 2

11:00

IN-CONF PDC 3 - Session F: Building language for and through content learning
Speakers
MM

Myriam Met

University of Maryland
Dr. Myriam Met is an independent consultant who works K-12 with language programs and teacher professional development. She was Acting Director of the NFLC and a senior research associate prior to her retirement. Mimi was also a supervisor of foreign language instruction for major urban and suburban school districts for over 25 years. In that capacity, and as a consultant to educational agencies, she planned, implemented, and evaluated language... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Samaya Ballroom C

11:00

11:30

Acquisition of Arabic Relative Pronouns Gender Agreement
Can second language learners of Arabic acquire gender agreement in the same way native Arabic speakers do? The presenter will focus on how native speakers of English acquire Arabic relative pronouns gender agreement by studying their performance in a grammaticality judgment test. Intended audience: teachers and linguists.

Speakers
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Houda Hamed AL Harrasi

Rustaq College of Applied Science
Houda ALHarrasi is an assistant teacher at Rustaq College of Applied Science, Oman. She received B.A in English language and M.A in Applied linguistics from the University of Essex, UK .


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Executive Suite 3

11:30

Critical Thinking and Gamification: Mutual Impact
In a world where mobile devices and interactive real-time gaming popularity among the learners have widely increased, ESL practitioners interests in incorporating such platforms to promote the learners’ critical thinking skills has also elevated. The presenters will shed light on the best practices to enhance critical thinking through gamification.

Speakers
avatar for Ahmed Abdelaziz

Ahmed Abdelaziz

Saudi Aramco
Ahmed M. Abdelaziz works for Saudi Aramco, KSA, in the Industrial Training Department as an acting unit head. He is a PhD researcher at Lancaster University. He has over 16 years of experience in EFL/ESL and educational administration. He is interested in TESOL and Educational Technology.
avatar for Marwa ElDeeb

Marwa ElDeeb

Community College of Qatar
Marwa El Deeb, ESL Instructor/Academic Coordinator at CCQ, has been an EFL instructor for 13 years in Qatar, Saudi-Arabia and Egypt. She is interested in Educational Technology and Distance Education.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Hospitality Suite

11:30

Effects of Strategy Training on Vocabulary Knowledge
A challenging aspect of learning a second language is acquiring its vocabulary. To assist learners in this task, teachers should train students in some strategies. The presenter will describe how she has implemented Vocabulary Learning Strategy Training with undergraduate students and the subsequent outcomes. Intended audience: teachers and teachers’ trainers.

Speakers
avatar for Salma Seffar

Salma Seffar

International University of Rabat
Salma Seffar, Ph.D in Applied Linguistics and TEFL. She teaches General English and English for Specific Purposes in tertiary level. Her aim is developing learners' autonomy through strategy training.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Executive Suite 4

11:30

EFL Virtual Learning Environment:Concerns and Challenges
The presenter will discuss relevant literature about Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) contexts. As well,he will present the results of his qualitative study on the use of VLEs in a higher education institution in Oman.Intended audience: educators, teacher-trainers and researchers.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Dayag

Joseph Dayag

Shinas College of Technology
Joseph Decena Dayag is an EFL lecturer, teacher-trainer and researcher. Dr. Dayag has presented papers and workshops in national and international conferences.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Salon 3

11:30

ESP in police academies: Challenges and solutions
This study will be undertaken at Sharjah Police Science Academy and seeks to identify different problems which cadets face in learning English for Specific Purposes. It also aims to offer effective solutions and provide relevant activities to students’ needs and expectations.

Speakers
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Amany Al.Sabbagh

Sharjah, Sharjah Police Science Academy
Dr. Amany Abdel Ghany: Sharjah Police Science Academy _x000D_ English language Assistant Professor _x000D_ Correspondence: Dr. Amany Abdel Ghany, Sharjah: Police Science Academy. Mobile: 0507810795. Email: aelsabbagh@psa.ac.ae _x000D_


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Junior Suite 3

11:30

Ethnolinguistic Digital Storytelling
The presenter describes a pedagogical project that focuses on students' ethnolinguistic digital narratives. This allows students to design authentic multimedia portraits of their own linguistic profiles and/or that of people in their lives/community. This teaching and assessment tool presents a vital alternative and/or complement to the traditional research paper.

Speakers
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Hala Dalbani

Prince Sultan University
Dr Hala Dalbani, an associate professor of linguistics at Prince Sultan University, is the author of several university textbooks and a researcher mainly in the area of technology and ELT.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Junior Suite 2

11:30

Exploring Novice Teachers’ Professional Development through Mentoring
Research suggested that mentoring is an effective form of support for novice teachers’ professional development. Based on a multiple-case study, the presenter will explain the impact of a mentoring programme on Malaysian novice ESL teachers’ professional development, particularly on their knowledge, practice, and identity. Intended Audience: Teacher Educators / Researchers.

Speakers
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Fatiha Senom

DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGE & EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA KUALA LUMPUR
Fatiha Senom (Ph.D) is a teacher educator at the Department of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. Her research interests include teacher development and sociolinguistics.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Salon 8

11:30

Learning English Dhofari Style
The Dhofar region of Oman is steeped in history, and its rich history encompasses the cultural anthropological phenomenon of pre-Islamic languages and other unwritten languages. This study examines the linguistic background of students in the Dhofari region and attempts to identify possible challenges in learning English.

Speakers
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Susan Crosbie

presenter, Dhofar University
Susan Crosbie has a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, USA. She has been teaching in the Sultanate of Oman for the past twelve years.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Executive Suite 2

11:30

Mainstream vs. International English: voices from classrooms
There is an ongoing debate among Applied Linguistics/TESOL scholars promoting the teaching and learning of International English as opposed to the mainstream Standard English in EFL contexts. However, EFL teachers’ and learners’ voices are ignored in this debate. The study will fill this gap by empirically considering those unheard voices.

Speakers
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Awad Alhassan

Department of Language & Translation, College of Arts & Applied Sciences, Dhofar University
Awad Alhassan is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of Language and translation, Dhofar University, Oman. His teaching and research interests include TESOL, EAP, and corpus linguistics.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Salon 6

11:30

Pragmatic competence among EFL teachers
With all the research done in recent years, teaching pragmatics as a way to boost learners’ exposure to natural language use still seems to be out of teachers’ comfort zone. The presenter will share his findings on teachers’ challenges with including pragmatics in their syllabus and proposes solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Farhang Bohlool Kheibari

Farhang Bohlool Kheibari

CEO, Pishgaman Research & ELT Consultancy
Farhang Bohlool has been an English teacher and trainer since 1992. He holds MA in TEFL, CELTA, and Cert. TESOL. His areas of interest are teacher training and development.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Executive Suite 1

11:30

Recording Read Aloud to Develop Speaking Accuracy
In a small six-week IELTS test-prep class, students recorded short passages from graded readers used as part of literature circle activities and emailed them to the teacher. Providing individual feedback on these recordings led to a variety of fruitful, accuracy-focused speaking activities, which will be shared with attendees.

Speakers
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Theodore Burkett

Petroleum Institute
Ted Burkett is a lecturer at the Petroleum Institute and is doing his EdD at the University of Exeter. His interests include frequency word lists, vocabulary acquisition, and language assessment.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Salon 4

11:30

Saudi Skills-mismatch: English and Professional Training Adaptations
As Saudi Arabia diversifies their economy, one of the their challenges is developing a skilled workforce. To benefit from international industries, post-secondary graduates must demonstrate proficiency both in their professions and in English. This paper surveys solutions to skills-mismatches in other countries to see what might benefit Saudi Arabia.

Speakers
MM

Matthew Miller

King Abdullah Air Defense Academy
Matthew’s contempt for turnstile education has motivated him to develop innovative, engaging English courses in traditional institutions. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and a B.A. in English.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Junior Suite 1

11:30

Turning Ideas into Action with MindMeister
This session will demonstrate how mindmapping using a collaborative web tool, MindMeister, is used in the ESL classroom to prepare Arab students for IELTS Writing Task 2, giving them the opportunity to construct cohesive arguments and helping them understand how to present their ideas using the correct rhetorical style.

Speakers
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Richard Taylor

HCT
Richard Taylor is English faculty at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai, UAE. His research interests include the use of educational technology in the ESL classroom, teaching pedagogy and neurolinguistics.


Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Salon 5

12:00

20 x 20
20 x 20

Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 8

12:00

Continuous Professional Development (CPD): Growing as Teachers
Whether you are a new teacher or have years of experience, CPD is important for English language teachers as a way to grow, and develop essential skills and knowledge. This workshop will look an 8 step process for assessing, planning and tracking CPD. Competencies and tracking tools will be provided.

Speakers
PP

Patrice Palmer

Global Training, Coaching and Development for Educators
_x000D_ | _x000D_ | Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A. TESL has 20 years’ experience as a ESL Teacher, TESL Trainer, and ELT Writer. She is passionate about helping new teachers develop their professional skills. _x000D_


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Executive Suite 3

12:00

Exploring The Hidden Treasures of CLIL
As Jeremy Harmer once said: "to teach English is human, to teach CLIL is divine!",there seems to be an educational gap between the EFL and CLIL integration. This interactive workshop aims at exploring pedagogical CLIL elements in the EFL classroom with hands on activities participants can adopt (and adapt).

Speakers
avatar for Hussam Rajab

Hussam Rajab

English Language Institute (ELI) - King Abdulaziz University (KAU)
Hussam Rajab is the Head of Research Unit at the English Language Institute at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA. He is also a TESOL Doctorate candidate at Exeter University (UK).


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Executive Suite 4

12:00

Language acquisition insights in the IELTS classroom
What does the latest evidence tell us about how language is acquired? How might we apply these when using course books that may or may not reflect these insights? Let’s tackle these questions in this interactive workshop, to help newer IELTS teachers be more flexible and effective in their teaching.

Speakers
GL

Gad Lim

Cambridge English Language Assessment
Gad is Principal Research Manager at Cambridge English, where he leads research on writing and on IELTS. He has taught in higher education and trained teachers in four continents.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Hospitality Suite

12:00

On your desk, get set, create!
Almost everyone is given the right to create (snaps, tweets, videos, etc.), but why do we only allow our students to consume? This presentation shares some learning activities that has successfully encouraged language learners to enjoy learning English and create original content at the same time.

Speakers
avatar for Sebah Al-Ali

Sebah Al-Ali

Sharjah Women's College
A language teacher who tries to make learning fun and engaging. She's also an Apple Distinguished Educator and a web developer.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Junior Suite 1

12:00

Smart Devices in English Classrooms
Would you like to help your students to engage in learning using smart devices? Because learning English skills can be fun and can be done anywhere at any time, Web 2.0 provides ideas for fun and engaging educational activities that can be done on any basic cell phone, tablet, etc.

Speakers
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Reem Nasraldeen

University of Jeddah
English language lecturer and a coordinator at University of Jeddah. Holding a master degree in TESOL from Oklahoma City University and bachelor from King Abdul Aziz University.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Junior Suite 2

12:00

Teacher's Feedback: Automated Versus Handwritten
Teacher’s feedback is fundamental to students, as it not only impacts their learning but also their motivation. By Comparing handwritten to automated feedback, the presenter will show the participants how more effective automated feedback is and how fast it is to generate.

Speakers
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Alaeddin Halwani

EFL Instructor, Qatar University
Alaeddin Halwani has a Master’s degree in ELT from Leeds University, UK. He has taught various courses in English and given many workshops and training sessions locally, regionally and internationally.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Executive Suite 1

12:00

The Right Way to Teach Grammar
This session aims at introducing creative and fun ways to teach EFL grammar.No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.

Speakers
avatar for Mohamed Ashraf El Zamil

Mohamed Ashraf El Zamil

Ajman University-Fujairah
EL Zamil has been teaching ESL for years at various universities in the region.He has presented at many international conferences,published papers and co-edited a number of publications.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Sahab 2

12:00

(PBL) as an Alternative Based Assessment
The project based learning (PBL) can be applied as a valuable measure of alternative assessment. This session addresses the outcomes of a study conducted at a community college where PBL was used alternative assessment. In addition, the presenters will address a few approaches to implementing, assessing, and managing PBL.

Speakers
ME

Mouna El Kahla

Community College of Qatar
Mouna El Kahla taught ESL classes at various government and international universities in the GCC region. She works as an ESL instructor at the Community College of Qatar.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 5

12:00

DIY (Do It Yourself) Online Assessment
Can technological apps help us achieve teachers'Assessment Literacy? A blended Program can help teachers and senior teachers apply assessment all through the year and get a real feedback by the end of each semester. Join us to get the details and try it yourself!!

Speakers

Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 4

12:00

Four Engaging Activities for All Writing Classes
At all levels, instructors of language are eventually faced with the task of making writing more engaging and interesting. The presenter will outline and exemplify four types of writing activi-ties for varying levels and purposes; they include theming, gamification, chain writing, and collaborative in-class outlining. Intended audience: writing instructors.

Speakers
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Derek Brown

UAEU
Derek Brown is an instructor at UAEU. His pedagogical en-deavors primarily include developing, analyzing, reflecting on, and improving interactive exercises for both writing in English and general German language competency.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Executive Suite 2

12:00

Graded Readers: crucial elements of language learning
With the expansive reading approach the reading text also becomes a springboard to improving language skills and to exploring fascinating areas such as historical background, cultural connections and links to other disciplines (CLIL) through a range of involving and stimulating activities.

Speakers
avatar for Andy  Cowle

Andy Cowle

Black Cat
Having started his career as an English language teacher in Germany, Andy has worked in ELT publishing and teacher training for over 25 years.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 7

12:00

Student team projects: maintaining focus and engagement
Team projects encourage development of authentic communication and workplace skills. Ensuring all students are fully engaged can be a challenge. This paper will describe techniques for encouraging student engagement in extended team projects in EAP/ESP courses, including topic choice, planning, assessment, and reflection; and present student views of benefits gained.

Speakers
GK

Geraldine Kershaw

College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAEU
Geraldine Kershaw teaches Professional Practice and Communication Skills to medical students. Most of her extensive experience in ELT is in ESP/EAP. Her research interests include academic writing and portfolio use.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Junior Suite 3

12:00

Students as test creators: Assessment as learning
Are we underestimating students? By guiding students through detailed assignments based on LOs and rubrics, students generate test items. A number of tests will be shared from applied linguistics and intensive English classes. Rubrics will be shared to explain how students are able them become skilled test item generators.

Speakers
avatar for Rania Jabr

Rania Jabr

Senior Instructor II, American University in Cairo
Rania Jabr is Senior Instructor II at AUC. She is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2013. Her main areas of interest are curriculum design and assessment.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 3

12:00

“TOEFL® Young Student Series in your Classroom”
“TOEFL® Young Student Series in your Classroom”. As standardized English tests,the TOEFL® Young Students Series helps the teachers measure their students'English-language skills and guide them to the next steps of learning.The tests are designed for age appropriate learning levels of young students.Discover how YSS tests can complement your program.

Speakers
avatar for Ishraq Al Zu'bi

Ishraq Al Zu'bi

ETS Global BV
Ishraq Al-Zu'bi works as an Academic Specialist at ETS Global -Jordan. 11 years of experience in teaching profession at colleges and educational institutions. A TOEFL® Propell facilitator.She has delivered presentations and webinars on TOEFL ®Young Students Series(YSS), TOEFL ® iBT& GRE ®.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Samaya Ballroom C

12:00

IN-CONF PDC 1 - Session 6: Embrace the differences
Speakers
MR

Marjorie Rosenberg

University of Graz
Marjorie Rosenberg teaches at the University of Graz, in companies, trains teachers and writes materials. Marjorie has written extensively in the field of business English for (Cambridge University Press, Cengage, Macmillan), is the author of ‘Spotlight on learning styles’ (Delta Publishing) and has co-authored textbooks for the Austrian school market. Her book is called ‘Creating Activities for Different Learner Types&rsquo... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 1

12:00

IN-CONF PDC 2 - Session 3: Assessment with young learners
If they are to ensure their future success as English language learners, teachers need to be able to provide our young learners of today with structured, co-ordinated and engaging instruction from the beginning. In this 3-hour PDC course, experts, Luciana C. de Oliveira, Helena Curtain and Gwendydd Caudwell will share their insights. In the first session, Helena will work to develop participants’ ability to identify curriculum that can establish the ground-work for promoting both curiosity and literacy in young learners. Then, they will work on ways to enhance the immediate interest value and cultural appropriacy of the themes developed while at the same time incorporating activities that will stimulate thinking. In the next session, Luciana will discuss the need for the classroom to be a place where learners have the support and opportunities that they need to learn language and content simultaneously. She will present the LACI model – a language-based approach to content instruction which is built on six C’s of scaffolding. Participants will try out specific strategies and activities that support youngsters and scaffold their learning. Finally, in any learning experience, it is necessary to have a means to test what has been learnt – but what constitute appropriate means of evaluating the learning of young learners? Is it appropriate to use similar testing techniques to those that are adequate for adults? This is the question that Gwendydd poses. After substantiating her challenge to that approach, Gwendydd will lead participants through a review of assessment tasks for the Speaking Skill as an example of how to tailor items so that they are more suited to the age group. Session  


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Salon 2

12:00

Smartfeet: A Gamification Platform to Motivate Learners
Speakers
avatar for Melanie Gobert

Melanie Gobert

EFL Instructor مدرسة مدربة, Higher Colleges of Technology
Melanie Gobert is on the faculty of Abu Dhabi Mens College. A past-president of TESOL Arabia, she has presented and published on assessment, reading, writing, vocabulary, and online learning.


Friday March 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
Samaya Ballroom B

13:00

A 3D simulator to for language learning
This poster will outline a 3D simulator ‘Living Japan’, which uses common mobile devices and the game engine Unity, to provide a platform for language learning that is both cost effective and eliminates the vulnerabilities some language learning feel when practicing a language in real life situations.

Speakers
JW

Jeremy White

Jeremy is an Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. He is currently studying for a PhD in CALL and video game use in the classroom at Kyoto University.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Advancing language learner autonomy through interactions
Interactions with a Learning Advisor (LA) using a self-directed learning module supports learners to be autonomous. Interview data will demonstrate how university students became aware of their language progress and learning process, and kept their motivation high through interactions with their LA. Intended audience: college teachers and university administrators.

Speakers
YI

Yuri Imamura

Yuri IMAMURA is a learning advisor in a self-access centre at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. Her research interest is L2 motivation and self-directed learning.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

An Inclusive Community: Students Clubs Regarding ELT
Student clubs are considered as an inclusive community including extra-curricular activities for ELT. These activities are easily available and contextually rich source of authentic material which can be exploited in many ways. This presentation provides information about the definition of student clubs including a practical, detailed guide regarding the content.

Speakers
BZ

Berna Özgür

Teaching as a second language to college and undergraduate students. 15 years experience in teaching English as a second language.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Communication Repair: If It’s Broken, Fix It!
When people hold conversations together, they generally work together to overcome communication breakdowns; however, this skill often doesn’t transfer when learning a second language. This poster introduces communication repair strategies and ways on how to introduce the concepts to students along with some activities of the strategies in action.

Speakers
SM

Samantha Marta

Samantha lives in Japan and works as at Kanda University of International Studies. She has taught English for over 8 years to students of all ages and proficiency levels.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Effective Classroom Activities for Improving Speaking Fluency
The 3/2/1 fluency activity is a simple, fun, and effective way to improve students’ speaking fluency. Time pressure and repetition challenges learners to improve performance. The presenter describes the activity procedure, practical considerations, variations, and adaptations for lower-level and higher-level students. Intended audience: speaking teachers

Speakers
BB

Brad Barker

Brad Barker has been teaching EFL since 2006 and holds an MA TESOL from Deakin University. He currently teaches English discussion classes at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

EMI Teacher Self-Access Training Course Development
English Medium Instruction is considered key in internationalising college campuses in Japan. However, EMI instructors struggle to teach academic subjects to students who lack both content knowledge and English proficiency. A self-access training course based on EFL pedagogy may answer some of their questions. Intended audience: EMI teachers.

Speakers
MH

Monica Hamciuc

Monica Hamciuc is a Lecturer of English in the International Liberal Arts Department at Miyazaki International College, Japan. Her research interests include CLIL and EMI, curriculum development, and critical thinking.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Fostering Digital Literacy Skills in EFL/ESL Classrooms
This proposal discusses the I-LEARN Model - Identify, Locate, Evaluate, Apply, Reflect, Know - as a framework and a useful tool for educators to enhance learners’ digital literacy skills. It also introduces the ways of applying the model in EFL/ESL classrooms to foster 21st century competencies.

Speakers
TG

Tamara Galoyan

Tamara Galoyan is a Ph.D. student and a research assistant in the Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies program in the School of Education at Drexel University, USA
HT

Hamideh Talafian

Hamideh Talafian has a Master`s Degree in TEFL and in currently studying Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies in Drexel University.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Guidelines for Organizing Student Clubs Regarding ELT
It is a well-known fact that student clubs have a significant impact on integrating extra-curricular activities to language learning process. This presentation provides a practical, detailed guide to organizing and planning student clubs by giving procedures of building student clubs at Anadolu University School of Foreign Languages.

Speakers
GD

Gülşah Demirci

Teaching as a second language to college and undergraduate students. 6 years experience in teaching English as a second language.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Investigating English-medium Instruction in Science Education
The galloping phenomenon of globalization has elected the English language as today’s lingua franca especially in the UAE. The researcher, as an English teacher, has been motivated to investigate the pervasive educational policy of adopting English as the sole medium of instruction and its impact on science university students.

Speakers
NT

Nesrin Tantawy

I am a certified English teacher and a master’s degree (TESOL) holder from BUiD. I have more than 15 years of teaching experience in ESL classroom settings in Arab countries.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Large Class Size and Cooperative Education
Problems related to class size can result in hindrances to achieving the course goals. However, efficient methods can work to match the class needs. The presenter will discuss the roles played by Cooperative Learning in a teacher training course with large classes of college freshmen aspiring to be school teachers.

Speakers
CT

Corazon Talam Kato

The presenter holds an MA in ELT (UTS, Australia) and currently teaches full time at Rikkyo University, Tokyo.Her interests are multisensory instruction,phonemic awareness/ phonics, reflective teaching, WE and ELF.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Learner’s Dictionaries: Lexicographic Definitions VS Iconic Illustrations.
The presenter will describe lexicographic entry of the English Language learner’s dictionary as a polycode communicative phenomenon, the essence of which consists in double encoding of lexicographic information by means of lexicographic definitions and iconic illustrations of different types. Intended audience: lexicographers, philologists, language teachers and students.

Speakers
OT

Oleksandr Tomchakovskyi

Oleksandr Tomchakovskyi is an associate professor in the Department of Romance and Germanic Philology at Odessa I.I.Mechnikov National University (Ukraine). He is interested in lexicography, applied linguistics and teacher development.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Lowering the Affective Filter in the Classroom
Using a new language can be stressful and cause anxiety. Teachers must lower the affective filter (LAF) in our classrooms so students feel less inhibited, and confident to practice new language skills. This poster session will show research results on the benefits of LAF, and corresponding LAF classroom strategies.

Speakers
KV

Kelly Vassar

Kelly Vassar (USA) holds TEFL, M.Ed. and MPP. She teaches and develops curriculum for a diplomat training institute in Djibouti. Previously, she delivered English training for government officials in Myanmar.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Metaphors of Madmen – Implications for Classrooms
The session highlights how metaphor can be employed to deliver covert multi-layered messages. A scene from the TV drama Madmen is used to illustrate how persuasive this linguistic device can be and why this has implications for the teaching of English. Intended audience: cognitive linguists, curriculum designers and teachers.

Speakers
DB

Denver Beirne

I have been teaching English in Japan, from elementary to tertiary level, for the last six years. My research interests are metaphor, language identity and Multicultural London English.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Mini reading self assessment tools
While reading skill can be natural process for some learners we have others who have limited text experience, to help our struggling readers, this poster presentation will demonstrate how to promote reading self- assessments, presenters will share several reading self-assessment tools and strategies that can be used for different levels.

Speakers
FA

Fatma Al Alawi

Fatma Al alawi is a deputy director of qualification department, MOE. She holds a BA from Kuwait University. She is responsible for equivalent and ratification of certificates.
NA

Noura Al kalbani

Noura al Kalbani is an assessment officer,MOE. She holds an MA in Education,2004. | She writes assessment specifications and participates in exams writing. She also designs training assessment courses.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

POWER Process Writing
Students, teachers and professionals alike have experienced the challenges of writing. In this session, the presenter will describe how to employ the POWER writing process (Prewriting, Organizing, Writing, Editing, and Revising) to overcome these problems, as well other benefits associated with using process writing. Intended audience: teachers.

Speakers
LC

Lance Chase

Lance Chase is a Foundations English Instructor with the Higher Colleges of Technology in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. He has eight years teaching experience and holds an MA and MBA.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Relationship between Academic Knowledge and academic achievement
This study investigates the relationship between English academic vocabulary knowledge and academic achievement to determine whether or not such knowledge can be a good predictor of academic achievement and examined weather Academic Word List (AWL) (Coxhead 2000) as a specialised list of infrequent words, is subject to the frequency effect.

Speakers
RA

Reem Alsager

Reem is a PhD candidate at Swansea University. Her main research interest is to quantify the scale of contribution that vocabulary resources can make to academic success.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Student Perceptions of Changing Semiotic Modes
Research shows that changing an existing design from one semiotic mode to another semiotic mode offers a deeper and richer learning experience for students. The presenter will show student perceptions of this process in an EFL context in a Japanese University. Intended audience: Literacy teachers.

Speakers
PT

Phillip Taw

Phillip Taw is a lecturer in the English Language Institute at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Towards Process Pedagogy: Gateway to Quality Production
Writing in L2 is considered a difficult task. It is even more challenging when the pedagogy does not equip the learners with adequate skills to produce a cohesive and coherent piece of writing. The paper highlights the challenges EFL learners have and will introduce different approaches in teaching writing.

Speakers
MN

Mohammad Naeim Maleki

Herat University
Mohammad Naeim Maleki is an English teacher at Herat University, Afghanistan. He taught English in the USA, Japan, Afghanistan. He completed his M.A. degree in TESOL as a Fulbright scholar


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Why Student Clubs Matter While Teaching English?
Student clubs matter both students and teachers in many ways for English Language Teaching. The extra-curricular activities in these clubs are a good way of bringing the outcomes outside the class by catching the attention of students. This presentation is about the importance and benefits of student clubs.

Speakers
BK

Buket Kara Yılmaz

Teaching English as a second language and undergraduate students; 20 years experience in ELT


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

13:00

Writing like English is their first language
This poster will present research which compares the frequency, types, and variety of cohesive devices examined in academic papers written by native and non-native English speakers. The results of this contrastive analysis are then used as guidelines for teaching implications. Intended audience: writing teachers

Speakers
EV

Erika van Winden

Erika Van Winden is an instructor in the department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo. She has taught in Afghanistan, Egypt, Indonesia, and Turkey.


Friday March 10, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Pre-Function - Samaya The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai UAE

14:00

Academic Reading Skills: Going Beyond Basic Comprehension
This session will focus on EAP reading. By looking at reading purposes, typical academic genres and patterns of information organization, it will provide teachers with ideas on how to enhance teaching, learning and assessment practices for reading. Practical activities will be based on sample questions from the TOEFL iBT® test.

Speakers
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Joanna Wrzesinska

Senior Academic Relations and ELT Coordinator, ETS TOEFL
Joanna works as an ELT Coordinator for EMEA at ETS Global (for the TOEFL® Programme). She is a frequent speaker in teacher conferences, mainly in Europe, and a TOEFL Propell® Workshop Facilitator.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Salon 2

14:00

Language Needs in the Content Classroom
Language needs are often overlooked in the content classroom. This workshop will look at the beliefs and theory of content teaching, and give primary teachers and leaders tools and strategies to use that help students to build on their English language development through content lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Zeidan

Elizabeth Zeidan

Curriculum Coordinator, English Modern School, Doha
MA, PGDip, BEd. Curriculum Coordinator at English Modern School Doha, Qatar. Worked in the Middle East for 7 years, studied and focused on the education of English Language Learners.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Sahab 2

14:00

Teacher-Generated Materials: Oil and Gas ESP Context
This session details the collaborative process adopted by a team of ESP teachers to create an in-house course targeting the needs of technicians working in the oil and gas industry. It also invites reflection on the designed study units and how they respond to organizational demands.

Speakers
AT

Amjad Taha

ADNOC Technical Institute
Amjad Taha is an English language instructor at ADNOC Technical Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his master's degree in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, US.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Samaya Ballroom C

14:00

A Valid Placement Test for RAKBank Employees
A placement test is a crucial stage which determines the level of language proficiency in order to accurately place the test taker in a language course. However, the question is, how valid is the test. The presenter will describe how she validated her new test. Intended audience: ESL/ESP teachers.

Speakers
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Gulbahor Amirova

Learning & Development Executive, RAKBANK and American University of Ras Al Khaimah
Gulbahor Amirova is a training executive at RAKBANK and a graduate student at AURAK. She was an International Students Committee member in the Global Women Leaders Conference, Dubai, 2008.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Junior Suite 3

14:00

Creative Vocabulary Learning through WhatsApp
In this presentation teachers will learn how to use WhatsApp for five meaningful and engaging classroom activities that reinforce vocabulary learning and foster at times a sense of collaboration and at others, competitiveness. Those activities, explained step-by-step, offer an exciting class rhythm that in turn, facilitates retention.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Salon 7

14:00

Evaluating ELT Professionals' Research
The paper discusses the ‘idiosyncratic’ metrics used by evaluation committees at different levels to evaluate research output of ELT professional (criteria that have nothing to do with ELT) and offers suggestions for fair and unbiased practice.

Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Junior Suite 1

14:00

Experiential learning in writing a research proposal
Stereotype of Research Methods being a 'dry', lecture mode subject can be dispelled. The presenter will describe how she used the learner's autonomy and collaborative learning approaches in teaching Research Methods to Omani undergraduate students in English BA Program. Intended audience: teachers

Speakers
LN

Larysa Nikolayeva

Majan University College
PhD holder since 2005 working in Oman (Majan University College) for 7 years.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Executive Suite 2

14:00

Flip! Just Make Sure You Assess Learning
Today, the bandwagon in flipping education settings gives little focus to assessment. This is also true in Lebanon. Lebanese teachers/graduate students experienced flipped learning and the possibilities of varied assessment engagement. They witnessed measuring knowledge formatively and the need to use traditional testing to measure knowledge acquisition.

Speakers
CS

Christine Sabieh

Notre Dame University
Professor at Notre Dame University, Dr. Christine has served on TESOL’s CALL-IS Steering Committee & is an active contributor to TESOL-J & TESOLArabia activities & publications.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Salon 3

14:00

intercultural connotations of Islamic terms in English
Misunderstanding between Islam and other cultures can be raised as a consequence of Islamic words developing associated meanings in English different from the source culture. The presenter will describe how she has investigated the meanings of some Islamic terms and will discuss the conclusions. Intended audience: researchers and linguists.

Speakers
AA

Amjaad Almarwaey

Umm Alqura University
Amjaad Almrwaey is a lecturer at UQU. Amjaad\'s got her MA in English Linguistics from UCL in London with an honor degree. Her interests are Semantics, ESP and TESOL.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Salon 4

14:00

On our way to better listening
Listening is within the first two skills many wish to sharpen but often fail to. Will learners in co-taught classes become better listeners? The presenter will share the results of a recent study on the impact of co-teaching on improving learners’ listening skill with the audience.

Speakers
SR

Sepideh Rezaei

Freelancer
Sepideh Rezaei is an MA holder in TEFL who has been teaching English in different to different age groups since 2009. Her areas of interest include teacher training and development.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Junior Suite 2

14:00

Promoting collaboration in Middle Eastern classrooms
Perhaps the best skill learners could develop in the 21st century is learning to collaborate. Yet, in some regions people are culturally reluctant to any form of team work. The presenter will share her findings on how to incentivize learners in Middle East to work collaboratively towards better results.

Speakers
MA

mehrnoush Abdollahzadeh

Mofid Language School
I'm Mehrnoosh. I have been teaching English for 13 years. I am a candidate of phd and I am a director and supervisor of Mofid Language School.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Salon 5

14:00

Students’ voices in exam results
Announcing exam results might be a difficult task for many instructors because of students’ endless arguments. The presenter will describe how she has used exam results to clearly communicate with students what their exam grades mean and how to use them to inform learning and instruction. Intended audience: teachers.

Speakers
SE

Safaa Eissa

Associate Professor, The National Center for Examinations and Educational Evaluation “NCEEE”, Test development Department, Cairo, Egypt Prince Sultan University, College of Humanities, Linguistics Departmernt, Riyadh, KSA
Safaa Eissa is an associate professor in the National Center for Examinations and Educational Evaluation, Egypt and Prince Sultan University, KSA. Her scholarly interests are in testing and assessment.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Executive Suite 3

14:00

Task and Content Based ESP Vocabulary Teaching
The study comparatively investigates the impact of Task-Based and Content-Based in teaching ESP vocabulary. The presenter will describe how he has implemented two approaches to Banking in-service training in Bank Tejarat in Iran. Intended audience: Banking staffs and ESP banking teachers, Banking syllabus designers.

Speakers
AS

Ali Shirvani

IAU, Tehran the South
TEFL PhD. Candidate. ESP university teacher. employee in Bank as expert for around 20 years. translator in banking and financial affairs with three translations.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Executive Suite 1

14:00

The Use of Music in ELT
The presentation emphasizes the use of music and songs as an innovative and interactive teaching strategy supporting the main objective of each lesson plan. The presenter will provide a theoretical introduction about the positive effect of music on psychology, cognition, culture and motivation along with examples. Intended audience: teacher trainers

Speakers
MA

Manal Abdallah

The University of Balamand
Manal is an English language Instructor at the University of Balamand and the Lebanese University. She is also a PhD student in English Language and Literature at the Lebanese University.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Salon 8

14:00

Web Development for the EFL Classroom
Web development can be used to ‘flip’ the curriculum of EFL classes. The presenter will describe how he has used open source web development to deliver input to Japanese undergraduate EFL students’ computers and mobile devices for homework and test preparation. Intended audience: EFL teachers. (47 words)

Speakers
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Miles Pennington

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Miles Pennington is a full-time EFL teacher at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan. His major interests include web development, English for Academic Purposes, and English for Business training.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Salon 6

14:00

“Apprenticeship of Observation”: Beliefs and Practices
Teachers’ beliefs about teaching and learning are formed early in life due to their experiences with schooling (apprenticeship of observation). The presenter will report a study that examined the past language learning experiences of four Emirate EFL teachers and how it influenced their current teaching practices. Intended audience: teacher educators.

Speakers

Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Hospitality Suite

14:00

From Reflection to Scholarship: A Trajectory to Professional Development in ELT
Speakers
AA

Ali Al-Issa

Sultan Qaboos University
Ali Al-Issa has a Ph.D. in Education (TESOL) from University of Queensland in Australia and a Master of Arts in Education in TESOL from Institute of Education, University of London. He has extensive experience in different areas of TESOL and is currently an Associate Professor of TESOL at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman. Dr. Al-Issa has presented and published... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 14:45
Sahab 2

14:00

Discussion 2 - Leadership of professional associations in times of change
Discussion 2

Moderators
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Mick King

Lecturer, CCQ
Dr. Mick King's 26-year career in TESOL has involved management, teaching and research. An active contributor to TESOL Arabia, he has served the organization in a number of roles. This conference he is presenting, moderating a discussion and acting as a Conference Ambassador.

Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Samaya Ballroom D

14:00

Publications Forum
Publications Forum

Friday March 10, 2017 14:00 - 17:00
Salon 1

14:30

Learning about language and learning through language
This session will look at reading texts and how they can be exploited to develop second language acquisition, awareness of common text patterns and knowledge about the world.

Speakers
FH

Fiona Hartley

HCT
I have been an ELT professional for more than 15 years. My interests include maximising student learning and teacher development.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Salon 3

14:30

Identifying Major Flaws in Teachers’ Teaching Practice
Knowledge of the major flaws of teachers’ teaching practice in communicative language courses can help trainers make informed decisions about training and giving feedback. The presenter will report and elaborate on the common shortcomings of 85 EFL teachers’ lessons he has observed in a few countries. Intended audience: Teacher trainers

Speakers
avatar for Ali Hamed Barghi

Ali Hamed Barghi

Lecturer, University of Tehran
Dr. Ali Hamed Barghi is a lecturer at University of Tehran, he is a London Teacher Training College Diploma-in-TESOL trainer and assessor. His research interests are teacher training and assessment.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Salon 8

14:30

Testing: Online Readability Tools for Classroom Purpose
The paper is an extensive review of 24 readability tools from 1948 to present. Specifically, grade levels, language, a subject use, reading ease, and text statistics or parameters will be exemplified. Web-based readability tools will be explored with the focus on its application and tips for classroom use.

Speakers
MY

Mahmoud Yousuf Al-Maskari

Rustaq College of Applied Sciences
He is a research enthusiast and currently assigned as a teacher trainee at the Department of English Language and Literature of Rustaq College of Applied Sciences.
JM

John Michael Villar

Ibra College of Technology
He is the Head of Research and Consultancy of the English Language Centre of Ibra College of Technology. He has presented in various conferences in Asia, Europe, and America.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Salon 7

14:30

Another Step toward Independent Learners: Reading Circles
Reading Circle is among the activities in which students benefit the most from each other and they will be motivated to be independent learners. This study introduces possible ways that learners could be more autonomous regarding investigating and analyzing a text in L2, and developing a presentation in target language

Speakers
MN

Mohammad Naeim Maleki

Herat University
Mohammad Naeim Maleki is an English teacher at Herat University, Afghanistan. He taught English in the USA, Japan, Afghanistan. He completed his M.A. degree in TESOL as a Fulbright scholar
OT

Omid Tajik

Herat University
Omid Tajik is an English teacher at Herat University, Afghanistan. He has been teaching English in different universities in Afghanistan. He has B.A. degree in English Literature.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Junior Suite 3

14:30

Are English THE and Arabic AL equivalent?
The present study addresses the different uses of THE and AL as well as their understanding by Arabic-English bilinguals. The results indicate that definiteness is a very salient semantic feature that is acquired with native-like accuracy, while indefiniteness and genericity remain partially acquired, even in the case of advanced learners.

Speakers
II

Ivan Ivanov

Gulf University for Science and Technology
Dr. Ivan Ivanov is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. He teaches applied linguistics, syntax, morphology, phonetics, pragmatics and psycholinguistics.
MT

marta tryzna

Assistant Professor, Gulf University for Science and Technology
Dr. Marta Maria Tryzna is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. She teachers syntax, phonetics, history of the English language, and semantics.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Salon 5

14:30

Challenges and Strategies for Teaching Autistic Children
Teaching a foreign language to children who have deficiencies is a challenging task and needs utilization of specific methods. The presenter will describe how she could improve language learning among autistic children testing and comparing different teaching strategies. Intended audience: Language Teachers and Teacher Trainers.

Speakers
AS

Atiyeh Shariati

private office
Atiyeh Shariati is a qualified TEACHER TRAINER with years of experience in teaching Adults and Young learners. She conducts PD workshops for Public / Private school teachers and Language centers.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Salon 6

14:30

Enhancing Cognitive Skills for ESL Academic Writers
This session shares findings of research that analyzes Qatari adult novice and advanced ESL students’ compositions, and uses think aloud techniques to examine cognitive and meta-cognitive writing processes that students demonstrate. It also compares these to which processes students need for academic writing tasks. Intended Audience: teachers and researchers.

Speakers
RA

Radi Abouelhassan

Lecturer, Community College of Qatar
Radi Abouelhassan is a lecturer of English at the Community College of Qatar in Doha. He received his PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of New Mexico 2014.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Executive Suite 4

14:30

Peer Feedback Made Interesting and Beneficial
Although most writing textbooks call for peer editing, students don't enjoy doing it neither consider it beneficial. In this action research, students were trained to give written feedback on written assignments. After training students were able to give a better quality feedback and had better attitude towards receiving it.

Speakers
SA

Salima Al-Harthy

• College of Banking & Financial Studies
Al-Harthy has a Post Graduate Diploma and a bachelor\\\'s of Education in English language Methodology and Curriculum. She has over ten years of experience in teaching English.
AA

Asila Al Maawali

Sultan Qaboos University
Asila is a senior language instructor at Sultan Qaboos University. She has a BA in ELT from SQU and an MA in Foreign Language Education from the University of Iowa.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Junior Suite 2

14:30

Reflective Teaching Diary
It is never easy to be a reflective practitioner. It should be an integral part of your system in teaching. This paper examines the significance of Reflective Teaching Diary to improve the teaching and learning process, how it affects on student learning, and its implications for teaching practice.

Speakers
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Ethel Chua

Instructor, Jubail University College
Ms. Ethel Reyes-Chua is an active researcher and loves to discover new things, such as procedures, guidelines, development plans, etc. to improve her strategies of teaching English in general. She will be graduating with the degree in Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Major in Educational Management (with dissertation in English) at the University of Pangasinan, Philippines in June 2017.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Executive Suite 1

14:30

Students 'Satisfication of English Remedial Course .
​Kuwait University provides English remedial courses to help student improve further their writing skills. Are they effective? The presenter will discuss and present the result of a study that centered on determining the satisfaction level of university students enrolled in these remedial courses. Intended audience: English instructors

Speakers
HA

Haifa AlSarraf

Kuwait University
Haifa Alsarraf an English language instructor at College of Education in kuwait University since 1995.She received her Master of Art in Tesol from ST.Micheal\'s College ,Vermont in united States.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Executive Suite 3

14:30

Technology: Not a classroom's magic wand
Technology can impart knowledge, but it cannot teach. The presenter will explain that students cannot learn from Apps and videos. We need physical presence of a teacher to make it worth learning for. Technology can only aid in learning, there cannot be any parting of knowledge without teachers.

Speakers
NC

Nazia Cheema

King Abdul Aziz University
Nazia Shehzad is an English Language Instructor at King Abdul Aziz University. She holds a Master's degree in English Linguistics. She has 10+ years of experience in teaching English.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Junior Suite 1

14:30

To correct or not to correct?
Do you want to know why learners make mistakes? Do you want to learn how to categorize and prioritize these errors? Do you want to know when, where and how to correct students’ mistakes? Are you new teachers and interested in the current viewpoints addressing errors? Join and learn.

Speakers
avatar for Mayada Bachir

Mayada Bachir

TeacherTrainer, King Saud University
I am a Cambridge DELTA qualified teacher trainer with ten years of hands-on teaching in colleges. I have a solid background in course designing, assessment, professional development and quality assurance


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Executive Suite 2

14:30

Write to Right:Using Documentaries in ESL Classroom
The presentation would use documentaries to teach writing skills in the ESL classrooms as BS level.The paper looks at how teachers teach writing skill to differentiate between types of written text difference between forms of writing, persuasive techniques,point of view,changing meaning, describing information and understanding the mediated use of language.

Speakers
MB

MARIA B. SHAHID

Fatima Jinnah Women University , Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Currently teaching at Fatima Department of English, Fatima Jinnah Women University , Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Maria has ten years teaching experience of teaching at undergraduate and graduate level.


Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Hospitality Suite

15:00

Advancing Entrepreneurship Competences in ELT Context
Entrepreneurship skills as generic competences can be integrated into ELT context. Students’ awareness on this issue is key to developing and advancing these skills during university education. The presenter will discuss results from perceptions of students at Hacettepe University Language School context.

Speakers
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Hilal Onat

Hacettepe University
Hilal Onat holds an MA in ELT and RSA diploma. Currently she is teaching at Hacettepe University. He is a board member of TESOL Arabia L&M SIG.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Sahab 1

15:00

Designing Teacher-Centered Training Sessions
Are your teachers constantly looking at their watches during training sessions wishing they would be over? In this interactive workshop, we will collaborate to design training models acknowledging the background knowledge of teachers and applying differentiation techniques to training models. Intended Audience: Teacher Trainers, Training managers

Speakers
avatar for Lama Obeid

Lama Obeid

EFL Instructor, Ramallah Friends Schools
Lama Obeid is a Language Acquisition teacher at Ramallah Friends Schools in Palestine. She has previously taught EFL in Saudi Arabia for 4 years.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 2

15:00

Fun Vocabulary / forming questions games
The aim of this activity is for students to find a lock combination through some tasks which will allow students to revise vocabulary / part of speech and have fun at the same time.

Speakers
AA

Amina Abdu

King Saud University
Amina Ibrahim, an ESL instructor since 2009 at PNU / KSU
FM

Farhana Mahmoud

King Saud University
Farhana Mahmoud, an ESL instructor since 2007 at KSU / PNU


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Executive Suite 4

15:00

Gamification in EFL Classroom: Engaging Learners
KAHOOT is fun way of game-based learning quizzes by using mobile devices with IWB. This pedagogy captivates and encourages learners to continuously participate and share their knowledge in a very playful and enjoyable way.This gaming mechanic flips the classroom and provides engagement and motivation through empowerment of learners.

Speakers
avatar for Ahmed Ra'ef

Ahmed Ra'ef

Assessment Coordinator, SPSP
Assessment Coordinator at SPSP Dammam, Saudi Arabia. I have BA and PGDE in Education/Teaching English, CELTA, CertICT Trinity College London and Cambridge DELTA.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Executive Suite 3

15:00

Strategies and Activities for Teaching English Online
You teach English online and face problems with student engagement and off-task behavior. You are not sure how to differentiate online instruction and build an online community. The presenter will share strategies and activities to suggest solutions for the most frequent problems in online teaching. Intended audience: new online teachers.

Speakers
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Mher Davtyan

EFL Instructor, American University of Armenia (AUA)
Mher Davtyan is an English instructor at the American University of Armenia. His interests include teaching English through online webinars and the use of technology in classroom.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Junior Suite 3

15:00

Teaching Civic Engagement through Literature
Teaching civic engagement in ELT classes prepares students for their roles as effective citizens. The facilitator will use some civic-oriented activities that connect the literature course to issues in the national or local communities.

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Ghada Abdel Hafeez

Minia University
Ghada Abdel Hafeez is a professor of literature at Minia University, a member at the NileTESOL, a Fulbright scholar, a certified trainer, and finally an external auditor at NAQAAE.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Sahab 2

15:00

The Cambridge English Corpus in ELT publishing
The Cambridge English Corpus is a unique databank containing in excess of two BILLION written and spoken words. This workshop focuses on where the Corpus comes from, what we can find out from it, and how Cambridge University Press uses this extensive resource to inform its publishing.

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Peter Lucantoni

Teacher Trainer, Cambridge University Press
Peter has had a long career in ELT, training and management. He is the author of various coursebooks, and is a Senior Teacher Training Consultant for Cambridge University Press.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Samaya Ballroom C

15:00

Transition from Teacher’s Authority to Learner’s Autonomy
The concept of autonomous learning has been associated with a drift in teacher’s roles. The presenter discusses the shift of responsibility in learning process, makes a distinction between autonomous learning and self- instruction and draws a conclusion that the teacher is holding a pivotal role in this new trend.

Speakers
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Maryam Moslehi

MOE
Maryam Moslehi has worked as a state teacher/teacher-trainer for more than 20 years. She has got an M.A in English literature. Her areas of interest are "Learner's autonomy' and "Assessment".


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Executive Suite 1

15:00

Authentic Materials in Oral and Written Communication
EFL Learners are still suffering from the real authentic exposure of English language usage. The presenter will describe how she applied authentic materials and activities in order to develop oral and written communication skills for five EFL college students as a case study.

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Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 4

15:00

Impacts of Reflective teaching on Teacher autonomy
It seems reflective correlates strongly with teacher autonomy, so to prove that, it has been decided to validate it by utilizing a mixed-method inquiry.

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Farhad Mollaee

Amirkabir University
I am an EFL teacher. I have been teaching for 22 years. I have got my M.A. in Applied Linguistics.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Junior Suite 2

15:00

Washback Effects in Military English-Language Testing
High-stakes language tests can have washback effects on test-takers, directly impacting their language learning. The presenter will review test fatigue and other washback effects observed among students in a military English-language training program to educators and administrators, discussing tips on how to counter negative washback to promote students’ learning.

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Annalise Shin

DLIELC
PhD, Applied Linguistics, UCLA_x000D_ | Dr. Shin currently works at the Defense Language Institute._x000D_ | She has previously taught at Seoul National University and at California State University, Fullerton’s graduate TESOL program.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Junior Suite 1

15:00

Content and Language Integrated Learning: A Continuum
Content and Language Integrated Learning: A Continuum

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Myriam Met

University of Maryland
Dr. Myriam Met is an independent consultant who works K-12 with language programs and teacher professional development. She was Acting Director of the NFLC and a senior research associate prior to her retirement. Mimi was also a supervisor of foreign language instruction for major urban and suburban school districts for over 25 years. In that capacity, and as a consultant to educational agencies, she planned, implemented, and evaluated language... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Samaya Ballroom B

15:00

Games, Competition and Online Vocabulary Learning
Although traditional methods of vocabulary learning might still appeal to some learners, the majority of today’s digital natives tend to find them less appealing. To overcome this challenge, the presenter shows that combining a few online resources with gaming and competition leads to a much more effective vocabulary learning pedagogy.

Speakers
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Raja Mallek Bahloul

American University of Sharjah
Raja Mallek Bahloul earned her Master’s from Cornell University. She has been teaching for more than 20 years. Her areas of research include teaching vocabulary and innovative teaching strategies.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 6

15:00

Listening strategy Performance in Iranian EFL learners
Your students can better perform in listening comprehension if they know appropriate listening strategies. The presenter will describe how he has investigated the performance of strong and weak Iranian EFL students in listening comprehension and their strategy use and also the possibility of teaching the listening strategies to the learners

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Seyed Behnam Arabi Zanjani

Zanjan Azad University
Seyed Behnam Arabi Zanjani has an MA in TEFL from Tehran University, Iran. He has been teaching research methods, English Methodology and Testing in Zanjan Azad University since 2000


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Hospitality Suite

15:00

Test Anxiet and FCE Learners’ Speaking Performance
This study examined the relationship and interaction between test anxiety, gender, and speaking test performance of FCE learners. Based on the results, there was a statistically significant relationship between gender, test anxiety, and FCE learners’ speaking test performance. Therefore, teachers are required to teach students test-taking strategies required for speaking.

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Masoomeh Estaji

Allameh Tabataba'i University
Masoomeh Estaji is Assistant professor of TEFL at Allameh Tabataba’i University. She has participated, presented, and published numerous papers on methodology, language testing, ESP, and teacher education.
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Delara Jannati

Khatam University
Delara Jannati holds an M.A. in TEFL from Khatam University. Her areas of interest are Language Testing and Assessment, Teaching Methodology, and Teacher Education.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Salon 5

15:00

Using Simple Math to Write English sentences
Many non-native English speaking students reach university with poor writing skills. They are unable to produce correct/meaningful sentences and ultimately struggle to write well-structured paragraphs/essays. Teaching students how to identify, combine, and proofread their sentences using simple Math to justify their sentence structures can help develop their writing skill.

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Hanadi Mirza

Lebanese University, Faculty of Pedagogy
University instructor & trainer; ESL/EFL teacher trainer; Presented various research papers and practical workshops in local and international conferences; ATEL vice president; PhD in education (expected in 2017)


Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
Executive Suite 2

15:00

TESOL Arabia TOASTMASTERS
TESOL Arabia TOASTMASTERS

Friday March 10, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Samaya Ballroom C

15:30

Wow your students with an interactive quiz!
I believe technology should be used to create new possibilities. Socrative is a versatile and easy to use tool for sending quizzes to students. I will show you an example quiz and then we will create a quiz together on our smartphones while we explore the features of the application.

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Todd Colwell

English Instructor, EduTec Qatar
Todd is currently an English teacher in Qatar. He has also taught in Australia, UK, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Todd enjoys assisting teachers with using technology effectively.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 7

15:30

Innovation in Data Collection-Methodological Challenges of Linguists
The aim of this study is analysing the L1 and culture, general linguistic level, attitude and culture, and length of stay in determining level of pragmatic competence, seven participants completed questionnaires; background and attitudes and general language tests and interview. Dependent variable was assessed using a role-play and DCT tasks.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Hospitality Suite

15:30

Student Performance: Background Markers Versus Student Success
Correlations between students’ biographical and educational background may affect performance in a Preparatory English Program in KSA. A background survey versus performance benchmarks will be presented, highlighting cases of student success or difficulty. Identification of at-risk students will be discussed as well as implications for English programs and curricula.

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John Baker

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
John Baker (M.A. TESOL from Eastern Michigan University) is a faculty member in the Preparatory English Program at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
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Barrett Brookshire

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Barrett (M.A. TESOL from Eastern Michigan University, USA) has been an English Lecturer in Saudi Arabia since 2013. His interests include Arab culture in an ESL/EFL context, EDTECH and RES.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 3

15:30

English corner: all you need to know
Today’s students join classes with myriad of needs and want to shape their own learning. English corners could be the solution to cater for the needs of a mixed ability class while following a syllabus. At this session, the A-Z of setting up an English corner will be discussed.

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negar Ganji

Hermes institute
With more than 10 years of experience as a teacher and trainer, Negar Ganji specializes in teaching young learners. She holds an MA in TEFL and is CELTA certified


Friday March 10, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 5

15:30

One minute presentation to reduce stage fright
EFL students are anxious and nervous about presenting in public, especially while presenting in a foreign language. The presenter will introduce the one minute presentation strategy which was applied on undergraduate university students to reduce their stage fright, and improve their presentation skills. Intended audience: EFL teachers.

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Sally Hammad

English Istructor, The German University in Cairo
Sally Hammad is an English Language instructor at the German university in Cairo. She has taught different English courses and participated in various conferences.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 6

15:30

Use of Interactional MDMs in NETs/NNETs’ Speech
Metadiscourse gives people the opportunity to express themselves more vividly in a more elaborate way. Native English Teachers (NETs) and Non-native (here Iranian) English Teachers’(NNETs) use of these markers is what the presenter focuses on here. The present study may be of benefit to teachers, teacher trainers and policy makers.

Speakers
avatar for Fatemeh Sharifi

Fatemeh Sharifi

Allameh Tabatabai' University
Fatemeh Sharifi is an MA graduate of TEFL from Allameh Tabataba'i University. She has participated and presented several papers on teacher education and intercultural competence.


Friday March 10, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Salon 8

16:15

Onwards and upwards in your profession: so what's stopping you?
Onwards and upwards in your profession: so what's stopping you?

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Kathy O'Sullivan

Southern University of Science and Technology
Kathy O’Sullivan is the Director of the Center for Language Education at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Shenzhen, China. She is the first non-Chinese national to hold such a management position in a mainland Chinese university. She is also a special advisor to the UNESCO International Centre for Higher Education Innovation in Shenzhen (ICHEI-SHENZHEN), China, which focuses on the development of innovation and ICT... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Samaya Ballroom B

16:15

Enhancing effective teaching of IELTS Academic Reading
This interactive workshop will follow a process approach to reading in order to provide insight into successful IELTS Reading skills and strategies. The essential processes for becoming an effective reader are broken down and made visible in order to better enable teachers to instruct learners step-by-step on this complex skill.

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Anna Hasper

Consultant, IDP
Anna is an experienced teacher trainer with extensive experience across the MENA region. Her interests are teacher development, educational-psychology and effective practice. She regularly writes articles for English Teaching Professional.


Friday March 10, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 2

16:15

Motivating the Reluctant Learner
Do you have students that seem to be unmotivated no matter what you do or how engaging the lesson? Motivation is an effective tool in reaching students who seem unmotivated and reluctant to learn. This interactive session provides participants with the tools needed to empower and motivate reluctant learners.

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Marvis Kilgore

Community College of Qatar
Marvis Kilgore is currently a TESOL professor for the Community College of Qatar. Marvis’ interests include: culturally relevant pedagogy, cross-cultural communication, sociolinguistics, Afro-Latino language and literature, and program management.


Friday March 10, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Executive Suite 1

16:15

Streaming through encoders to produce innovative materials
Now that streaming in Hangout on Air is done through YouTube/Live, users must install encoders to stream HoA. This workshop shows how to do that, AND to utilize the bonus that now you can stream and record anything live from your computer, with significant implications for innovative materials development.

Speakers
avatar for Vance Stevens

Vance Stevens

HCT/CERT/Khalifa bin Zayed Air College
Vance Stevens, English Faculty, KBZAC in Al Ain, is co-coordinator of TESOL Electronic Village Online, produces a weekly Learning2gether podcast (350 episodes), and is On the Internet editor for TESL-EJ.


Friday March 10, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 7

16:15

The Web as a Research Tool
Success in composition courses depends to a considerable degree on ability to do research, but (freshmen) students understandably often substitute simple Google searches for targeted searches of academic databases. This presentation proposes that writing instructors meet students halfway, demonstrating how simple web-surfing techniques can be used to do effective research.

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Friday March 10, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 8

16:15

Tips for using WhatsApp with English-foundation students
As of recently, mobile technology has been widely used by many students to access various types of resources where they can regularly practice the skills of English language acquisition. WhatsApp smartphones application, has made interaction and communication among students and teachers, in particular, more easy, open, informal, and accessible.

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Hashmi Hamadi

Qatar University
Hashmi Hamadi, holder of MA Degree in Applied Linguistics from (SQU)Australia, is lecturer in foundation program (Qatar University). He presented in Qatar TESOL, TESOL International(USA), TESOL Sudan/Africa and TESOL Arabia


Friday March 10, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Executive Suite 4

16:15

Using images to boost speaking in classroom
While communication is the most pursued aim for many English learners, it involves a good deal of preparing, thinking and acting confidently. With lots of research on the importance of imagery within our thoughts and actions, the presenter offers fresh strategies for using images to boost speaking in classroom.

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Sara Medghalchi

Hermes
Sara Medghalchi is a teacher and a teacher trainer. She holds a master in TEFl and CELTA. Her areas of interests are materials design, creativity and innovation.


Friday March 10, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Executive Suite 3

16:15

Are university gatekeeping tests really fit for-purpose?
The presentation considers the alternatives to traditional gatekeeping tests such as IELTS, and implications for the nature of university English language provision.

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Neil Murray

University of Warwick
Neil Murray is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Warwick University, UK, and author of Standards of English in Higher Education (2016, Cambridge University Press) and Dynamic Ecologies (Springer).


Friday March 10, 2017 16:15 - 17:00
Salon 5

16:15

Assisting Students to Become More Culturally Empathetic
Balancing recent societal chages with the reality of teaching international students, how do teachers continue to make their message as educators relevant and meaningful? Cultural competence, cultural intelligence and cultural empathy can assist teachers with demonstrating more empathetic communication. Strategies for implementing such concepts and a discussion will follow.

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Michelle McGrath

English Instructor
Ms. McGrath, MA in TESOL, has taught in Japan,Korea, Oman, Turkey and Myanmar. She has also taught Syrian, Assyrian and Iraqi refugees. This is Michelle's third TESOL Arabia presentation.


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