TESOL Arabia Abu Dhabi Chapter Event On Extensive Reading


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TESOL Arabia Abu Dhabi Chapter Event Present "Promoting Extensive Reading for Better Language Learning" on October 5th at ALHOSN University, Abu Dhabi (Men’s Campus).

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TESOL Arabia Abu Dhabi Chapter Event On Extensive Reading

  1. 1. TESOL Arabia - Abu Dhabi Chapter Professional Development Event for ELT Professionals “Promoting Extensive Reading for Better Language Learning” DATE Saturday, October 5th, 2013 VENUE ALHOSN University, Abu Dhabi (Men’s Campus) http://www.alhosnu.ae/WS/Site/Home/Contact%20Us.aspx TIME 9:00am-12:45pm FOR INFORMATION & PRE-REGISTRATION Abu Dhabi Chapter: fmohamed3@adnoc.ae FEE Free for TESOL Arabia members AED 40 for non-members USEFUL LINKS TESOL Arabia Online: http://www.tesolarabia.org TESOL ARABIA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tesolarabia AD Chapter on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TA.ADchapter
  2. 2. SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES 8:30 – 9:15 Registration of Participants 9:15 – 10:15 Concurrent Sessions A Room 1 Extensive Reading in Action Developing the habit of reading can be a challenge for any teacher, but faced with students from societies where ‘there is a lack of a reading culture or reading habit in society because of the prized oral tradition’ (Sullivan, 2004) it can be even more challenging. It is widely held that the integration of an extensive reading program in an EFL program can have wide reaching positive effects on learners. Bamford and Day (2003) remind us that “students who read more will not only become better and more confident readers, but they will also improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities and their vocabularies will get richer.” In a pilot study, two classes of male Emirati English Foundation students were encouraged to read graded readers linked to a software tool. This was utilized to create virtual certificates for students and by introducing competition between the classes to intrinsically motivate students to read graded readers at their reading and interest level outside the classroom independently. This session is intended for any teacher or librarian who would like to foster the habit of independent reading with their students. Participants will leave the session with the knowledge of how to obtain, adapt and implement a reading program to suit their needs. Presenter Bio Helene Demirci is a member of the English Foundations faculty at Abu Dhabi Men’s College. She has taught EFL at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels over the last 20 years in England, Turkey and most recently the UAE. Her interests lie in engaging students in extensive reading and technology integration. She holds an MA in TEFL. hdemirci@hct.ac.ae Room 2 Reading Circles & Classroom Libraries: Getting Weaker Students to Read This presentation highlights the challenges of getting our students to read. In a culture stereotyped as predominantly oral reading is often usually seen as a means to an end. While Krashen’s (2007) ‘pleasure principle’, suggesting that reading can be an intrinsically enjoyable and motivating activity, might be wishful thinking in a Middle Eastern cultural context, the presenter will describe two small scale initiatives aimed at making reading in English more enjoyable and less daunting, especially for our weaker students. These initiatives: the first adapted from the Oxford Bookworms ‘Reading Circles’ approach, the latter a traditional classroom library, were monitored over the course of a semester with both pre and post reading tests administered to gauge any genuine improvement. The implementation of both the reading initiatives and the research aspect will be explained, and the results and implications discussed. Presenter Bio Peter B. McLaren Ed.D currently teaches English at UAE University in the University Foundations Program (UFP). He has taught elsewhere in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Egypt and England. His research interests are critical issues in the profession, reading and increasingly the adaptation of technology in the classroom. He has presented and published on these topics. peterbmclaren@gmail.com Room 3 Extensive Reading Clarified Extensive Reading is a vital part of learning a language. When students read easy, enjoyable books, they are practicing the vocabulary and grammar that they have already learned. ‘Practice’ is the key word and fluency is the goal. Students actually learn to read by reading large amounts of books. In this session, we will discuss what Extensive Reading is and what it is not. There will also be a time for teachers to share what they are doing or would like to be doing in their reading classrooms. Handouts will be provided for teachers to refer back to for resources.
  3. 3. Presenter Bio Vicky Allen has a BA in Linguistics and M.Ed. in Deaf Education. After 20+ years teaching the deaf, she became certified in TESOL and now resides in the UAE and teaches English at HCT, Fujairah Women’s College. She has been involved in individualized, incremental learning and extensive reading for a number of years. vallen@hct.ac.ae 10:15 – 10:45 Coffee & Networking Break 10:45 – 11:45 Concurrent Sessions B Room 1 Is this a text which I see before me? Few teachers, lecturers, or other educators in the Gulf would be likely to complain that their students read too much. Indeed, the relative lack – and, in some cases, total absence – of reading for pleasure in the region has attracted attention and engendered comment far outside of specialist educational circles. In his popular book on Dubai and its relation to the other emirates, City of Gold, for example, the American journalist Jim Krane writes that there exists a “perennial deficiency” when it comes to translation of books into Arabic. How does this dearth of reading, of both Arabic and English, come about, how can it begin to be tackled, and to what extent can extensive reading, especially in a foreign language such as English, be promoted in a formal classroom setting? This presentation will examine such questions, and will discuss ways of encouraging reading for the sheer sake of reading. Presenter Bio Anthony Jonathan Solloway has taught English in the UK, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Oman, and latterly at the UAE University in Al Ain where he teaches academic writing and acts as a mentor for final year applied linguistics students completing their ESL teaching practicum. He holds a BA (Hons) in Language Studies (German) and Linguistics, an MA in Language Acquisition, and is currently completing an EdD (TESOL) at the University of Exeter. When not camping out in the deserts of the UAE, Anthony writes articles on local history for a popular magazine in Al Ain. A.Solloway@uaeu.ac.ae Room 2 Text-rich Classrooms to Promote Reading Tom Le Seelleur offers today an opportunity to learn about free events, competitions, initiatives, projects and resources to make your classroom, your school and your community text rich. It is particularly important when promoting extensive reading that students and teachers are given choices and when everything in the UAE seems to cost an arm and a leg, isn't it nice to find out about things which are free. This will be an interactive workshop where every participant will be expected to talk and contribute. Presenter Bio Tom is a Senior Lecturer at Khalifa University Sharjah He has worked in KSA, Libya, Lebanon, Spain, UK and has been teaching in the UAE since 2002. Since then he has worked for the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE Academy in Al Ain, the British Council, HCT Sharjah Men’s and Women’s and Khalifa University where he teaches English on the preparatory program. thomas.patrick@kustar.ac.ae 11:45-12:00 Coffee Break
  4. 4. 12:00-12:45 Panel Discussion Room 1 Students face a lot of problems in reading in the UAE when it comes to benchmark assessments such as CEPA and IELTS. Many would say that reading is their biggest challenge. This discussion will explore the causes of these problems and possible solutions. Panelists will present insights from their own experience on various solutions to the problem. The audience will have a chance to ask questions and explore best practices with the panel. The discussion will be moderated by Melanie Gobert (EdD). Melanie is on the faculty at the Higher Colleges of Technology. She has presented and published extensively in the region on reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary, assessment, independent learning, and online learning. She is currently the editor of Perspectives, the TESOL Arabia peer-reviewed journal and VicePresident/President Elect of TESOL Arabia. mgobert@hct.ac.ae Thank you so much for attending. We look forward to seeing you at these future events: Date Event November 23, 2013 Joint event with Educational Technology Special Interest Group January 11, 2014 Joint event with Teacher Training & Development and the Research Special Interest Group February 1, 2014 Joint event with the Leadership & Management Special Interest Group April 26, 2014 4 Annual ESP Conference, joint event with the ESP Special Interest Group May 17, 2014 Joint event with the Young Learners Special Interest Group th