TACON 2017 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES 

Note: You must be registered for the conference to participate in any of the PD Certificate Courses

 

 TESOL Arabia 2017 Pre-Conference Development Courses 


Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

As part of the TESOL Arabia 2017 Conference, organizers have put together a number of development courses for conference attendees. Development Courses are smaller, more focused full-day workshops that are led by our invited speakers and locally-based experts.

On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 four pre-conference development courses will be on offer. They are:

What follows is a brief description of each of these courses:

 

 PRE-CONFERENCE   Research Literacy pdf-icon

 

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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.

Schedule


AED 650

with lunch

AED 500

without lunchREGISTER

 PRE-CONFERENCE   Leadership Development Through Coaching and Mentoring

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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.


Schedule

AED 650

with lunch

AED 500

without lunchREGISTER

 PRE-CONFERENCE   Technology-Enhanced Teacher Development

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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.

Schedule

AED 650

with lunch

AED 500

without lunchREGISTER

 TESOL Arabia 2017 In-Conference Development Courses 


March 9th-11th, 2017

Two in-conference development courses will be on offer on conference days. They are:

  IN-CONFERENCE    Advanced Certificate in ELT

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March 9th-11th, 2017

This certificate course which will run throughout the conference will focus on the latest trends in the field of English language teaching, learning and assessment. The major purpose of this certificate course is to help teachers in the region upskill with the latest information in such areas as recent developments in the skill areas, learning styles and differences, language games, materials development, student language assessment and feedback, among others. Join invited speakers and locally-based experts on this 12+ hour course designed to provide you with the latest in ELT professional development. Facilitators include: Kathleen Graves, Ahmar Mahboob, Helena Curtain, Jonathan Newton, Gary Pathare, Luciana de Oliveira, Marjorie Rosenberg, Ken Wilson and more!

Schedule


AED 750

without lunchREGISTER

  IN-CONFERENCE    Working with Young Learners

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Friday, March 10th, 2017 from 9 am to 12 pm

In order to ensure their future success as English language learners, our young learners of today need structured, coordinated and engaging instruction from the beginning levels. In this 3-hour development course, facilitators, Luciana de Oliveira and Helena Curtain, will share how we can create a deep and rich curriculum for young learners and how teachers can use the process of scaffolding to support their learners.

Schedule


AED 250

without lunchREGISTER

  IN-CONFERENCE   Language, Reading and Content Literacy for 21st Century Learners

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Friday, March 10th, 2017 & Saturday, March 11th, 2017

For today’s school students, the scope and allure of the 21st-century digital learning fast-lanes are dazzling but so, too, are the challenges. Nowadays, for Emirati students to achieve success, they not only need to learn grade-level content but they also need to acquire the English literacy skills that will allow them to access that content. For students to develop subject area skills, they need active reading and writing experiences to help them.That is why content literacy now occupies centre-stage –Today’s Cycle 2 and 3 language teachers deal with a lot more than story books and dialogues ‘at the restaurant’. They need to identify and provide appropriate development in strategies that will allow their students to withstand the enormous strain of greatly increased amounts of both information and complexity across the subjects taught and at the same time provide appropriate, facilitative language support. They need professional development that provides answers to their questions: ‘How can we promote content literacy in our teaching?’; ‘How do we devise content specific questions that encourage higher order thinking and promote appropriate discussion?’;  ‘What is informational text and what practice strategies will encourage students to see it as a key that opens doors to their future?’; ‘How do we move pair and group work beyond language practice to promote shared collaboration of content?’

TESOL Arabia, the Professional Development Department of the Ministry of Education, the US State Department, Cambridge University Press, National Geographic Learning and a team of exceptional professionals have come together to explore responses.

Schedule

AED 400

without lunchREGISTER

 What’s NEW@TACON 

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 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… 🙂