Conference Program

Tentative Conference Schedule

Friday, February 16, 2018

9 – 9:20

Opening Remarks

9:30 – 10:15
Opening Plenary

Transitions and Challenges in EFL Learning and Teaching from High School to University
Ali Shehadeh
UAE University, Al Ain

10: 30 – 11:00
Paper Presentations

Making the Transition through Tasked-Based Language Teaching
Okon Effiong (Featured)
Qatar University

WEs/EIL-Aware Teacher Education: Consciousness-Raising Activities in a Teacher Education Program
Zohreh Eslami
Texas A&M University – Qatar

Foundation Programs in the UAE: Filling the Learning Gaps between School & University
Leila Ayoub Mouhanna (Featured)
UAE University, Al Ain

Differentiation in the ESL Classroom
Hind Elyas
International Technical College, KSA

11:15 – 12:00
Panel Discussion/


Physical & Pedagogical Constraints to Effective Technology Utilization in Sudan
Steve Bieber
Fazko Education, US

The Structure of the Foundation Program: Sudan International University Presentation
Ishraga Bashir
Sudan International University

Classroom Management:  Empirical and Practical Perspectives
Christine Coombe
Dubai Men’s College

Preparing Students for Life: Grade School to Grad School
Katherine Lobo (Featured)
Brandies University, US
Newton South High School, US

12:00 – 2:00

Lunch/Friday Prayer

3:00 – 6:00

Sufi Dance (International and Invited Speakers)

7:00 – 9:00

Conference Dinner

 Saturday, February 17, 2018

9:00 – 9:45

Improving Your Communication Skills in English
Christine Coombe
Dubai Men’s College

10 – 10:30
Paper Presentations

Hybridization and Englishization Dichotomy: English Education in the UAE
Wafa Zoghbor (Featured)
Zayed University, UAE

Transitioning from High School to University: Qatar as a Case Study
Sara Hillman (Featured)
Texas A&M University at Qatar

English for University Project: Aims, Approaches and Outcomes
Yasir Hassan
British Council-Sudan

My Destination Is My Departure: Designing a Fit-for-Purpose Foundation Program
Caterina Skiniotou (Featured)
Laureate Vocational, KSA

10:45 – 11:15
Paper Presentations

The Relationship between Language Proficiency and Academic Achievement
Saleh Al-Busaidi
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Perceptions of Reflective Practice in Tertiary Education
Hassan Mabloul
New York Institute of Technology, Abu Dhabi

Why EMI – Serving the Interests of All?
Mick King (Featured)
Community College of Qatar

11:30 – 12:00
Teaching Tip/Paper Presentations

Designing Current Standards-Based EFL Curriculum for Basic Level Education
Hamdan AbuAnja
The National Center for Curricula and Educational Research -Bakhter-Ruda, Sudan

Collaboration, Problem Solving and Ten Apps on the First Day! (TT)
Frances Sutton
Abu Dhabi Men’s College

Academic Writing as a Cross-Disciplinary Requirement in Sudanese Tertiary Institutions
Elsaig Ezza
University of Khartoum

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 1:45

Building a Coherent System: English Language Education across the Divides
Dudley Reynolds
Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar

2:00 – 2:45


Lesson Study: School-based Professional Development
Dudley Reynolds
Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar

Teaching Students to Use Language Appropriately
Zohreh Eslami
Texas A&M University, Qatar

Transition from Summative to Formative Assessment: The Case of Task-Based Language Assessment
Ali Shehadeh
UAE University, Al Ain

Building the Foundations of TESOL Super Teacher
Mick King
Community College of Qatar

3:00 – 3:30
Paper Presentations

EFL Students Attitudes towards Listening and Speaking Activities
Areig Mohammed
Sudan University of Science and Technology

Analyzing the Use of Goutsos’ Model in Expository Essays
Ienas Fadel
Sudan University of Science and Technology

The Necessity and Challenge of Introducing a University Preparatory Program
Amna Bedri
Ahfad University for Women, Sudan

Facilitating the Transition: The Place of English as a Glocalized Language
Aymen Elsheikh
Texas A&M University, Qatar

3:30 – 4:00

Tea/Coffee Break

4:00 – 4:45

Closing Plenary

Qatar Language Policies in Transition: Education and Academic Achievement Challenges
Zohreh Eslami
Texas A&M University, Qatar

5:00 – 5:30

Closing Remarks