Dear Colleagues, Members and Supporters of TESOL Arabia,
Welcome to the 21st International TESOL Arabia Conference and Exhibition – the biggest conference and exhibition of its type in the region – and welcome back to all those who are regular attendees. Over the years the TESOL Arabia International Conference and Exhibition has become the “must-attend” event in the ELT field for delegates and exhibitors alike.
The 2015 theme, “Theory • Practice • Innovation • Teaching and Learning in the Digital World,” seeks to explore the myriad ways in which we pursue the goals of our profession. To this end the conference will present once again a wide range of international speakers, all outstanding in their fields. These presenters will provide excellent sessions both in the main conference itself and also on the Certificate Courses taking place on Wednesday 11th March as well as Saturday 14th March. Details of the courses will be available in September. On offer will be a Young Learners course, a teacher preparation IELTS course, and a hands-on iPad training course.
We are returning to the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the third year running because we anticipate that our annual conference will be priced out of hotels the closer we get to Expo 2020 and may have to be held in educational institutions for two or three years in a row. We again look forward to benefiting from the friendliness and efficiency of the hotel staff and have taken some strategic initiatives to ensure an enhanced food and parking experience for conference attendees.
|2015 Program Co-Chairs|
The 2014 Conference received a record number of break-out session proposals resulting in a quality program of speakers from within the region and further afield. We fully expect Conference 2015 to live up to and even surpass the high standard set last year. In line with that, we are accepting proposals for 5 different types of break-out sessions, regular paper presentations, short interactive workshops, shorter moderated sessions on research, teaching ideas, or app sharing themes, and 2 poster break-out sessions, one for regular presenters and one especially for student teacher projects and teachers in training. We also hope to offer several 90-minute practical workshops led by educational professionals in our field such as: Classroom Management and Behavioral Issues in the Classroom, Designing and Distributing Digital Badges, MOOCs, and Writing Successful Thesis.
There will be free Wifi Internet access for all participants, more and larger break-out rooms (some with improved soundproofing), as well as improved facilities for the Job Fair. We are also going to introduce for the first time, a complete one-stop downloadable conference app. Another exciting initiative is the introduction of TESOL Arabia digital “badges” for presenters, attendees, and organizers.
The conference will of course include all of the usual features for which TESOL Arabia is known: the Job Fair, Exhibition, PechaKucha (20×20), Discussion Forums and the Showcase Strand, as well as our very popular conference bags which we hope to outsource to a community trade project in Nepal.
Finally, we would like to extend a very warm vote of thanks to all our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Recruiters, Advertisers, Speakers and Presenters, as well as all other participants and supporters for making the TESOL Arabia Conference the major event it is today.