Abu Dhabi: The 3rd TESOL Arabia Annual SIG Conference

As we come to a close on this academic year we need to take time to reflect on what has been a hive of activity for all TESOL Arabia SIGs who have dedicated their time and expertise to provide a wide variety of professional development opportunities for the diverse ELT communities we serve. The main … [Read more…]

Ras Al Khaimah: RAK Chapter/TTD SIG Event: Teaching and Learning in a Post-Traditional Classroom

Despite the rainy weather, we had a good turnout for our third event which was organised jointly with the TTD SIG. More than 20 committed teachers attended. In the opening presentation, Dr. Racquel talked about teaching in a post traditional context where changing the physical layout of your classroom will help establish a new dynamic … [Read more…]

Ras Al Khaimah: Effective Vocabulary Teaching Strategies Workshops

The first RAK chapter morning of workshops ‘Effective Vocabulary Teaching Strategies’ was held at the RAK American Academy for Girls on 22nd October 2016 and was eagerly attended by 38 teachers. In her workshop, Faiza Helal explained that teaching vocabulary in depth necessitates active engagement, repeated exposure and effective connection to the learners’ prior knowledge … [Read more…]

Ras Al Khaimah: More Student Voice and Less Teacher Talk at the RAK Chapter / IL SIG Event

Three workshops were delivered in the joint even organised by RAK Chapter and the Independent Learning SIG at the Sheikh Saud Foundation for Policy Research in Ras Al Khaimah. Beverly Betaieb talked about how students learn best by doing rather than by listening to their teachers. She suggested some effective methods to turn the traditional … [Read more…]

Ras Al Khaimah: Everybody Writes in RAK

The morning of workshops for our RAK Chapter third event focused on the skill of writing. Excellent practitioners gave presentations on how they tackle the subject in their own classrooms. Val Hart & Stephen Murphy conducted an extremely useful and practical workshop on helping lower level ability learners to become better writers. Feedback from the … [Read more…]

Ras Al Khaimah: Focus on the 21st Century Skills

We kicked off our RAK Chapter activities for the year 2015-16 with a look at 21st Century Skills. UAE University lecturer Dr. Sufian Abu-Rmaileh opened our morning of workshops with an entertaining presentation on critical thinking in the classroom. After going through Marzano’s dimensions of learning, Dr. Sufian provided a plethora of practical examples and … [Read more…]