What's NEW@TACON 2017

 TACON 2017 Publications Forum  

Friday, March 10 TBC

Moderated by Wafa Zoghbor

Wafa Zoghbor is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language and Writing Studies at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. She is currently the Assistant Dean for Research at the University College, ZU, and the Publications Coordinator of TESOL Arabia.

Session 1: Disambiguating the journal publication process: Tips for authors

001-whatsnew-ahmarThe goal of this session is to empower participants to increase their chances of successfully publishing their research in esteemed journals. Participants will leave the workshop with tips, ideas and insights about how to prepare their manuscripts for submission to key journals in their field so as to increase their chances of being reviewed and published.

Ahmar Mahboob teaches linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia. Ahmar has a keen interest in critical language variation. His research focuses on different facets of how language variation relates to a range of educational, social, professional, and political issues. Ahmar has published two co-authored books, eight (co-)edited books, six special issues of journals, 30 journal articles, and over 40 book chapters and other articles. In addition to research, Ahmar also established and runs an annual conference, Free Linguistics Conference. He is also the current Co-Editor of TESOL Quarterly.

Session 2: Self-publishing: A realistic alternative or an expensive hobby?

001-whatsnew-richardIncreasing corporatisation of mainstream publishing has meant fewer opportunities for authors following the traditional route. However, changing technology has also meant a huge rise in self-publishing as authors, frustrated by the slow processes of traditional publishing, relish the empowerment that self-publishing provides. Total control over content and design seem like an attractive alternative!

In this open session, Richard Harrison outlines his own experience of self-publishing over the last three years pointing out the pitfalls as well as the pluses. Contributions from others with experience of print and non-printing publishing are welcome.

Richard Harrison is an ELT author, publisher and teacher-trainer based in Muscat. He has worked in many countries in the region, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran. In Oman he was the Head of the Foundation Programme at GUtech until 2013 when he retired to focus on writing and setting up his company, Canford Publishing.

Session 3: Leadership in Publishing Research

Today, publishing research is hitting virtually all universities and colleges around the world. However, high quality publishing continues to be a real challenge for many researchers and practitioners, in particular novice researchers and research students. Using his vast and extensive experience as a published author, reviewer and editor, the presenter will demonstrate with real examples in this interactive presentation ways of providing an instructive and practical leadership in publishing research. These include: (1) Providing leadership in the workplace in the form of mentoring junior faculty and research students. (2) Providing leadership in the form of informal reviewing and providing feedback to junior faculty and research students’ work. (3) Providing leadership in the form of co-authoring with junior faculty and research students. (4) Providing leadership in the form of presenting and co-presenting with junior faculty and research students specific case studies of successful (or unsuccessful) publishing cases in local, regional and international conferences. (5) Providing leadership by journal editors, members of the editorial boards, and reviewers in the form of providing detailed and informative feedback to authors on their submitted work with respect to what needs to be done, and how it must be done. (6) Finally, providing leadership by journal editorial teams in the form of creating a mentoring scheme as part of the reviewing process.

Ali Shehadeh is Professor at UAE University. He published in top-tier journals like Language Learning, TESOL Quarterly, and System, and with international publishers like Cambridge UP, TESOL, John Benjamin’s.

 TACON 2017 Reading & Research Symposium  

Friday, March 10 from 10:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The TESOL Arabia READ/WRITE SIG and the RESEARCH SIG will be holding a special symposium on “Research in Reading in the Arab World” in celebration of the UAE’s Year of Reading and new UAE National Reading Law. Invited speakers accepted from the TESOL Arabia Conference Proposals will have their TACON Early Bird Registration fee paid by the MENA Extensive Reading Foundation, who are co-sponsors of the event. If you feel that your TACON Conference Proposal addresses the theme of “Research in Reading in the Arab World,” please contact the READ/WRITE SIG Chair Bridie Farah and RESEARCH SIG Chair Sahbi Hidri with a copy of your bio and abstract and TACON Proposal Acceptance email. The symposium organizers will award 5 to 6 speakers with a conference fee waiver. The symposium will end with a panel discussion on future directions and best practices in Reading in the Arab World.

 TACON 2017 Lunch & Learn Discussions  

Lunch and Learn Registration information

New at TESOL Arabia Conference 2017 is the Lunch & Learn Sessions on March 10th and 11th.

Bring your own lunch and sit at a table with a well-known TESOLer who will share their insights on specific topics that are of interest in the field of TESOL. Get the chance to ask them questions in a small group setting. Don’t forget to bring your lunch and your best selfie smile 🙂

Spaces are limited so register early!

  TACON 2017 Ambassador Program  

The TESOL Arabia Conference Organizing Committee is looking for teachers of English to serve as Conference Ambassadors for the 2017 Conference. Ambassadors’ primary role is to provide a better overall conference experience for all delegates. As an Ambassador we would like you to do the following:

  • talk to attendees at the conference and make note of aspects they like and new ideas to improve the conference
  • take pictures and videos that document the highlights of the Conference
  • use your social media accounts to update others about the event
  • write a report on your conference experience for Perspectives magazine.
  • help delegates download and use the Conference Mobile App so they make the most of their Conference experience
  • be accessible, in person or by phone, to appropriately respond to questions about the Conference
  • follow all procedures and be held accountable to the expectations outlined by Conference Co-chairs
  • encourage delegates to fill in the Conference evaluation form

Conference Ambassadors should represent diverse backgrounds and experiences, and demonstrate excellent leadership, communication and problem solving skills. They must possess advanced skills in using information technology.

In exchange for your service, we will provide you with a free conference registration for TESOL Arabia 2017. Your name and photograph will appear in the Conference Book.

If you are interested in this opportunity to volunteer for the Conference, please submit your application to become a TESOL Arabia 2017 Conference Ambassador below.

Please provide a 150 to 200 word testimonial on what attendance to TESOL Arabia means to you and why you would like to serve as an Ambassador.

A mandatory Ambassador orientation will take place on the Wednesday before Conference. The orientation will provide you with valuable information about the Conference, and is a great opportunity to meet and network with Conference organizers. You must attend the orientation in order to be an ambassador for TESOL Arabia 2017 Conference.

Once selected, Ambassadors will be able to communicate with Conference Co-chairs to better familiarize themselves with the expectations of the assignment.

By completing the form below, you are indicating interest in participating in the TESOL Arabia 2017 Conference Ambassador Program.

CLOSED! The last day for submitting applications was 20 DEC 2016. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

New TACON 2017 Sessions:

FREE for all conference registrants

  •  TACON Publications Forum:  Join a forum of distinguished speakers and experts to get a deeper insight into the opportunities provided for you by TESOL Arabia to get published.


  •  TACON Reading & Research Symposium (with the Extensive Reading Foundation): Jointly organized by the TESOL Arabia Read & Write Special Interest Group (SIG), The Research SIG and the Extensive Reading Foundation, the symposium offers researchers the opportunity to share their findings and compete for a prize. Selected applicants will win a free conference registration.


  •  TACON Lunch & Learn Discussions:  Join one of the 20+ roundtable discussions led by one of our world-renowned invited speakers and engage in in-depth discussions on a topic of interest while having your lunch.

TACON 2017 Updates:

  • Conference Ambassadors:  Apply now to join a vibrant and enthusiastic team of Conference Ambassadors charged with building excitement and support for the Conference by motivating and inspiring participants around the world.


  • Partnership with the UAE Ministry of Education:  TESOL Arabia is very keep on providing service to the local teaching community. Negotiations is currently underway to offer subsidized Professional Development Courses to as many as 300 MoE teachers during the 3 days of the Conference.


  •  NEW  Conference Venue:  The Ritz Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre. This downtown five-star Dubai hotel is conveniently located to offer us a unique conference experience with state-of-the-art facilities. Valet parking and Internet access are provided for all delegates on a complimentary basis..


  • On the lighter side of TACON 2017, enjoy complimentary food and drinks; ice-cream bonanzas, quizzes and gifts, daily raffles, and much, much more… 🙂

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