- to provide a channel for SIG-related information
- to facilitate networking, discussion and the exchange of ideas between members
- to encourage research and professional development in the SIG specialist areas
- to organize varied events to cater to membership needs and interests
What do SIGs do?
TESOL Arabia Special Interest Groups (SIGs) cater to and promote current and anticipated specialized interests, issues and trends within their field and membership by providing coordination and leadership for interested members, and organizing varied events and opportunities for collaboration, involvement and engagement by diverse modes and approaches within their specialist area.
Who are the SIG leaders?
SIG Leaders are enthusiastic volunteers looking to share their knowledge, grow within their field, learn new skills, initiate professional development opportunities and develop their area of interest. Roles include: editor, organizer, webmaster, online facilitator, treasurer and administrator. Contact the SIGs or the SIG Coordinator to find out more!
TESOL Arabia members can join 2 SIGs, but they are welcome to attend the events organized by any SIG free of charge, as well as participating in all SIG activities online. Contact the SIG Leaders for more information.
SIG events take place regularly across the UAE and may often be organized jointly with Chapters. Events include workshops, presentations, training courses, hands-on computer training, visits and tours, panel discussions and conferences such as CTELT.
SIGs at the TESOL Arabia Annual Conference
At the TESOL Arabia Annual International Conference, SIGs give sessions on their specialization, participate in related professional development courses and may host an invited expert to speak on their theme. They may also organize a meeting of their members or a session to promote their theme.
Some SIGs are also active in the realm of publications, ranging from online newsletters to magazines, edited volumes of research and CTELT Conference Proceedings.
SIGs often offer online activities in the form of discussion groups, collaborative wikis, nings, synchronous events and websites. Check the individual SIG pages for details and links.
SIGs Abroad and Outreach
SIG teams not only connect with TESOL Arabia’s overseas members, they also establish international networks for the further exchange of expertise and innovations, often linking up with experts in their field worldwide. SIG representatives present overseas, and collaborate with similar organizations elsewhere in the world on joint ventures. Some SIGs also actively seek out opportunities to undertake volunteer training initiatives abroad.
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Share your ideas!
SIG leaders always welcome new ideas and initiatives, so please contact them directly with suggestions and support, and check individual SIG portal pages to find out more about current activities.
The Young Learners Special Interest TESOL Arabia Group hosted their first event at the Ramada Hotel and Suites (Black Ramada) in Ajman. Although the conference was geared towards young learners, some tertiary educators participated as well. Firstly, the group members...read more
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...read more
Our closing event for this year took place at RAK American Academy for Girls on April 22nd. It was held jointly with the Leadership and Management SIG. The presenters were Dr. Christine Coombe from HCT Dubai Men’s College, Faiza Helal, Robin Kim and Neil Armstrong,...read more
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...read more
The READ WRITE SIG and the Abu Dhabi Chapter held their third event of the year February 18, 2017 at Abu Dhabi Men’s College. The theme of the morning of professional development workshops was “Innovations in Reading and Writing. Presenter Deema Attal, of Abu Dhabi...read more
On January 28, 2017, Western Region Chapter and the Teacher Training and Development (TTD) SIG of TESOL Arabia hosted a joint professional development workshop entitled “classroom innovation through students` engagement” at the Baynounah Complex in Madinat Zayed. The...read more
Al Ain Chapter and READ/WRITE SIG Joint Event: Cultivating Readers and Writers from KG through University
The Al Ain Chapter and READ/WRITE SIG held the last event of the year on the TESOL Arabia calendar on December 17, 2016 at the Continuing Education Center of United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. The theme of the conference was “Cultivating Readers and Writers...read more
Tales from the chalkface, the Joint Abu Dhabi Chapter and TTD SIG event at Abu Dhabi University in Khalifa City is on the way.read more