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Thank you all for coming and sharing your experiences with and questions about independent learning. It was gret to see that event the inclement weather could not stop some of you.

Special thanks to Nora Sheikh for organising the venue, the catering and for presenting at this event.

Here’s Nora’s presentation.

Independent Learning



I’ve also prepared a short video to remind us of this great event. Hopefully we will see many of you at the conference next week and at the next Dubai Chapter event in April.


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We are looking forward to welcoming you at our next event on 21st February.


More details to follow soon.

Registration is open already.

If you would like to share your ideas about and experiences with learner independence, become one of our #teachmeet speakers. (You have maximum 10 minutes to present an idea a resource or a problem.) The best #teachmeet talk will be rearded.

Register as a #teachmeet speaker by filling in this short questionnaire


Admission: Free for members / AED 40 for non members.

Make this your fist free event by becoming a member of Tesol Arabia at this event. 

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We’ve had a wonderful response to our call for speakers.


November 29th


Here you can see the line-up for our Saturday event.

You can still join us with a 3 or a 10-minute talk on a practical idea, burning problem, mobile application, website, and best practice.

You can find the sign-up form here

You can also register as participant to witness this great event.


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Java PrintingWe are pleased to let you know that the next event – the first ever TESOL Arabia #dxbteachmeet will be held at the fantastic Canadian University in Dubai.

The date: 29th November 2014

The time: 9:30-13:00

Certificates: for everyone, a special for the speakers – it can be you

The cost: FREE for everyone (non-members are welcome to join us for free too)

Registration: Speakers
(Please consider registering as a speaker for a 3 or a 10-minute talk on a personal story, an anecdote, a tool, a website, a technique that worked well for you. You can also share a problem, recruit a team for a project by telling participants what you are planning to do.)

Registration: Participants

Refreshments will be served during the breaks.

There will be a book raffle.

Come and show that sharing is what we do best.

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We at the Dubai love experimenting with new ideas. At our

event on 29th November

we would like to dedicate the day to the amazing talent we have in our midst.

We invite teachers to share their ideas and best practices in a teachmeet.

Who can participate?

  • Anyone who teaches English or uses English as their medium of instruction.

How can I participate?

  • Fill in the very short registration form below before 25th November 2014.

What topics can be covered?

  • The world is your oyster:
    • An idea that really worked in your classroom.
    • An idea that din’t work.
    • An activity you have tried and liked.
    • A website you often use and find useful.
    • An application you enjoy using yourself or with your students.
    • A research project you need other teachers to get involved with.
    • A technique you use.
    • A professional development tool, website, course you love.
    • A question about methods of teaching.

I’m sure you have even better ideas than these.

How long is a presentation?

  • You can choose between a 3-minute mini-session or a 10-minute session.

Do I have to use PowerPoint or any other technology?

  • Only is you want to, nothing is compulsory.

How can I prepare?

  • We will hold a series of preparation sessions during the week of the #teachmeet on Google Hangouts, where you can practise your presentation or ask questions.

Who can I contact for more information?

email us at


Another exciting aspect of this event is that it’s the first Dubai Chapter Community Event, participation is free for TESOL Arabia members and non-members, too.

Come and join us to make this event a real success and be part of a new initiative and way of developing together.

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A beautiful October morning spent together with passionate English teachers is something all of us at the Dubai Chapter greatly enjoy.

A big thank you to all of those who shared this experience with us, especially our presenters. The feedback has been really positive. (If you were at the event and would like to leave some feedback, click here.)

Our presenters did a fantastic job of sharing their experiences about writing and reading with young learners.

In the first session Will Pearson looked at the special difficulties Arabic speakers face when reading. This high-energy motivating and well-informed talk made the participants focus on the challenges their Arabic native speaker students face. They also learned how they can diagnose these difficulties and adapt their tests to take them.

Have you heard of EDM or Error deduction Marking? Participants of the event now know how this motivating and simple tool can help students become better WRITERS. It was wonderful to have Shabnam Fatima joining us to tell us about her experiences with great passion and enthusiasm.

Making students to read is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks a teacher faces on a daily basis. Our co-organiser, Yasser Salim‘s prezi was a great source of simple tips and ideas to make reading an integral part of their learning.

Finally we had a short conversation about the participants’ experiences with reading.

It was a fun and useful day. We are looking forward to seeing you at our next workshop on 29th November 2014.

Click here to access the presentations from the event.

And here’s Yasser’s prezi

Here’s a short video of the pictures taken during the day.

October 18 presentations and handouts

EDM-As Writing Assessment for Low Level Learners

Diagnosing Reading Difficulties

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We are very excited to invite you to a joint event with the Young Learners and the Reading Special Interest Groups.

On 18th October 2014 from 9 to 1:30 PM

at the Emirates Aviation College Building 2

(Click here for the map of the location)

we will talk about effective reading and writing strategies for young learners.

Our topics of the day include:

Making writing fun: Improving writing skills in the YL classroom

Diagnosing young learner problems with reading skills

Running a Student Book Club

Bring your best ideas with you and share them with the other participants.

Raffle Prizes                  Hospitality          Attendance certificate

Those who contribute to the SWAPSHOP (TeachMeet) will get a special certificate to thank them for sharing their experiences and ideas.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

This is the first time you can become a member of TESOL Arabia at the venue and enjoy the event for FREE.

Non members can also take part (registration fee: AED40)

Register online:

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It’s that time of the year again.

No, not the end-of-year grading, exams and holiday preparations….

You can start entertaining the little bug in your ear that keeps nagging you to put in a speaker proposal for the next TESOL Arabia Conference.

Are you planning to attend? Have you been to the conference before? Have you ever thought: “Well, I could do better!” We are sure you could.

Come and share your experiences, thoughts, problems.

Theory. Practice. Innovation. Teaching and Learning in the Digital World

12-14th March 2015 at Hyatt Regency, Dubai

Deadline for submissions: 15th November 2014

Please visit for details.

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The TESOL Arabia Dubai Chapter and the
Independent Learning Special Interest Group
invite you to a morning of workshops on

Supporting Independent Learning
In- and Outside the Classroom

on 22nd February 2014

at the Emirates Aviation College Building B (Garhoud, Dubai)

09:00    Registration
09:30    Opening talk
10:00    Break
10:10    Session 1    
Mahmoud Sultan: Classroom assessment techniques  to foster critical thinking and independent learning    
Shumaila Omar: Intensive listening – a source of independent learning
11:00    Break
11:10    Session 2    
Mohamed Azaza: Using Learner Training Materials to Promote Learner Independence    
Azzeddine Ben Cherab: Project work: The Leading Vector towards Learners’ Autonomy
12:00    Break
12:10    Swap-shop
12:50    Closing, Certificates, Raffle

Come and join us and share your experiences and learn with some of the leading professionals in the UAE.


Registration is FREE for TESOL Arabia Members (for non-members AED 40)

Pre-register by email:

phone (text): +971 50 585-234-7



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Happy New Year!

The Dubai Chapter, the Research and the English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Groups

invite you to a morning of workshops about

The Well-informed Classroom

on Saturday, 18th January 9am to 1pm

at the Canadian University in Dubai

Automated Comprehension Checks of a Reading Passage –  Yuri Vedrashko
Towards a Workplace Communication Classroom – Mohammed Molhim
Emotional Intelligence for Teachers: What does research say? – Mohamed Azaza
Multiple Intelligences Theory: Implications for ELT Teachers – Azzeddine Ben Cherab

Come and join us and share your experiences and learn with some of the leading professionals in the UAE.

Registration is free for TESOL Arabia Members (for non-members AED 40).

Pre-register by email: or
phone (text): +971 50 585-234-7

or online


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