Qatar TESOL forum draws 250 teachers

February 22, 2014 - 2:03:33 am

Dr Mohammed Abbas, EFL Curriculum Specialist at Bahrain’s Ministry of Education, delivering the inaugural address at the conference.

Doha: More than 250 teachers are attending the 10th International Qatar TESOL Conference — a professional development forum — at the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. The theme of the two-day conference which ends today is ‘Promoting a Culture of Reading.’ 

Dr Mohammed Abbas, EFL Curriculum Specialist at Bahrain’s Ministry of Education, opened the conference with his plenary ‘Using Newspapers with EFL/ESL Students’.

He demonstrated the use of different sections of English newspapers and gave participants tips on using newspapers to foster reading and develop language skills among students. “Newspapers as a resource of language teaching have been widely used for English language teaching,” he said.

Today, Dr Thomas Robb, Professor and Chair of the English Department at the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan, will discuss new reading tools in his plenary ‘The Role of Technology in the Promotion of Reading’.

Dr William (Bill) Acton, Director of the MA in TESOL programme at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada, will discuss research on ‘virtual’ books in his plenary ‘Digital Readers and eLanguage Learning: eXciting, eXasperating – and inXapable!’

The forum aims at helping educators in Qatar and the region foster a better culture of reading in their classrooms. Qatar TESOL’s vision is to bring quality professional development opportunities to educators in Qatar and the region. It is run by volunteers. CNA-Q, Texas A & M University in Qatar, the US Department of State’s Regional Language Office and US-based Avant Assessment are supporting the forum.

There are door prizes and two participants will have a chance to win a hotel stay for two at the Intercontinental Doha City hotel.

Other prizes include dinner vouchers for two at The Square restaurant at the hotel and a flight simulator session at Qatar Aeronautical College. The Peninsula

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