The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai 2018

The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai 2018

"Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change"

Conference Sub-Theme: World Englishes in the MENA Region

This unique international conference, organised in affiliation with IAFOR Global Partners, offers a unique location from which to consider a number of issues and trends in education. These include the different global Englishes, language distances and access, frictions between the preservation and challenging of traditional and cultures, languages and wisdoms, and how local societies are becoming the melting pots of different cultures, backgrounds and spoken Englishes. The population of the UAE, as well as those of the Arabian Gulf countries, is multicultural and rich in the difference one would expect from its geographical location at the heart of the Middle East. The region has been undergoing continuous development in academia, economics, trading and is growing as a recognizable and influential world power.

We hope and expect the 2018 conference in Dubai will bring together educators from around the MENA region specifically and the world generally to exchange ideas, research and practice from their own backgrounds and contexts, and draw on, and be inspired by, the local and international body of delegates from a multitude of different national and international backgrounds.

IICEDubai & IICLLDubai

This conference will be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2018 (IICEDubai2018), and many of the sessions will concentrate on areas at the intersection of education and language learning. In keeping with IAFOR’s commitment to interdisciplinary study, delegates in either side of the conference are encouraged to attend sessions in other disciplines. Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.

The IICLLDubai2018 Organising Committee

Dr Christine Coombe, Dubai Men's College, UAE
Dr Christina Gitsaki, Zayed University, UAE
Dr Firas Al-Jubouri, University of Sharjah, UAE
Professor Said M. Faiq, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh, UAE University, UAE
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: The InterContinental Festival City Event Centre, Dubai, UAE
  • Dates: Friday, February 16, 2018 ​to Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Conference Theme: "Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: October 10, 2017*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: December 08, 2017
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: January 11, 2018

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.


Speakers

The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai (IICLLDubai) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai (IICEDubai). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

  • Zainab Al Baloushi
    Zainab Al Baloushi
    Ministry of Education, UAE
  • Hayley Holuj
    Hayley Holuj
    Ministry of Education, UAE
  • Dr Christine Coombe
    Dr Christine Coombe
    Dubai Men's College, UAE
  • Dr Deena Boraie
    Dr Deena Boraie
    The American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Professor Mustafa Hashim Taha
    Professor Mustafa Hashim Taha
    American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Dr Martin Spraggon
    Dr Martin Spraggon
    Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, UAE
  • Dr Virginia Bodolica
    Dr Virginia Bodolica
    American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Dr Christina Gitsaki
    Dr Christina Gitsaki
    Zayed University, UAE
  • Professor Hanada Taha
    Professor Hanada Taha
    Zayed University, UAE
  • Radek (Radoslaw) Janik
    Radek (Radoslaw) Janik
    Ministry of Education, UAE
  • Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh
    Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh
    UAE University, UAE

Visit Dubai

The Middle East has for thousands of years been a meeting point of religions, cultures and trade routes, but the newer states of the United Arab Emirates have in recent years acquired importance as an academic hub at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as of the United States, with the building of a number of new universities and satellite campuses.

Education and development feature highly on the agenda at the IAFOR Dubai Conference Series, which reflects the rich cultural and historical significance of the Middle East as well as Dubai's growing significance in world affairs.


Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), University of Barcelona (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo, (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Zainab Al Baloushi
Ministry of Education, UAE

Biography

Zainab Al Baloushi is an English Curriculum Specialist at the UAE Ministry of Education. Zainab's work experience ranges from teaching in the government schools to curriculum development and implementation. Her areas of expertise include applied linguistics and curriculum adaptation.

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Hayley Holuj
Ministry of Education, UAE

Biography

Hayley Holuj is the Lead English Curriculum Specialist at the UAE Ministry of Education and heads the English Curriculum Development Unit. Her areas of expertise include ESL curriculum design, education management and education reform.

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Dr Christine Coombe
Dubai Men's College, UAE

Biography

Christine Coombe has a PhD in Foreign/Second Language Education from The Ohio State University, USA. She is currently on the English faculty of Dubai Men's College, UAE. She is the former Testing and Measurements Supervisor at UAE University and Assessment Coordinator of Zayed University. Christine is co-editor of Assessment Practices (2003, TESOL Publications); co-author, A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners (2007, University of Michigan Press); co-editor, Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in EF/SL Contexts (2007, UMP); co-editor, Language Teacher Research in the Middle East (2007, TESOL Publications), Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning (2008, UMP) Applications of Task-based Learning in TESOL (2010, TESOL Publications), The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment (2012, Cambridge University Press) and Reigniting, Retooling and Retiring in English Language Teaching (2012, University of Michigan Press). Christine’s forthcoming books are on research methods in EF/SL and life skills education.

Christine has lived and worked in the Arabian Gulf for the past 21 years. In this capacity, she has served as the President and past President of TESOL Arabia and as the Founder and Co-chair of the TESOL Arabia Testing Special Interest Group who organise the Current Trends in English Language Testing (CTELT) Conference. Christine is also the Founder and Chair of the TESOL Arabia Leadership & Management SIG.

During her tenure in the Middle East, she has won many awards including: 2002 Spaan Fellowship for Research in Second/Foreign Language Assessment; 2002-03 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award; TOEFL Board Grant for 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2009-10 for her work in delivering assessment training assessment in developing countries. Most recently she served on the TESOL Board of Directors as Convention Chair for Tampa 2006 and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teacher of the Year for 2003-04. She served as TESOL President (2011-2012) and was a member of the TESOL Board of Directors (2010-2013). Christine received the British Council’s International Assessment Award for 2013.

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Dr Deena Boraie
The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Biography

Dr Deena Boraie is the Dean and Professor of Practice of the School of Continuing Education at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She leads a school that offers a wide range of continuing education and training programs in the areas of English language, IT and business studies, Arabic language, translation and teacher training. She is a language testing expert and an assessment and evaluation consultant and trainer. She is currently the Senior Advisor of the Minister of Education of Egypt.

She is Past President (she served as President from 2013-2014) of the TESOL International Association a large US-based international association for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has published and presented in several countries on topics ranging from assessment literacy, language testing and assessment, language program design, teacher beliefs, student and teacher motivation, English as a lingua franca and teacher effectiveness. She is also a visiting professor in the MA / PhD Applied Linguistics program at the Faculty of Arts, English Department of Cairo University where she teaches research methods.

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Professor Mustafa Hashim Taha
American University of Sharjah, UAE

Biography

Mustafa Hashim Taha has taught public relations and mass communication for more than 15 years. His teaching includes public relations, integrated marketing communication, and research methods. Taha’s research interest includes media representation, new media and society, media and conflict, image management and public diplomacy. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a diplomat at the Sudan mission to the United Nations, New York; UN peacekeeping missions in Somalia and Liberia; and as a Sudanese diplomat and Consul General, a.i., in Ethiopia.

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Dr Martin Spraggon
Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, UAE

Biography

Professor Martin Spraggon is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG). Prior to joining MBRSG, he worked as a Professor of Strategic Management at the American University of Sharjah’s (UAE) School of Business Administration where he has also served as the Director of Executive Education. He holds a PhD in Management from HEC Montreal (Canada), an MBA from Sherbrooke University (Canada), and a Master in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from Institut Superieur du Commerce de Paris (France).

Spraggon’s areas of specialisation include strategic management, design thinking and innovation, organisational behaviour, international marketing, and managerial psychology. He has extensive international experience, having conducted many consulting projects and delivered leadership development programs for North American, Western European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern educational institutions and organisations from the private and public sectors.

Spraggon’s research on emerging economies, behavioural governance, executive compensation, knowledge dynamics in innovative firms and healthcare management, has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Annals, Strategic Organisation, Journal of Business Research, Business Ethics: A European Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Health Expectations, and Public Health. His research-driven and practice-based books, titled Mergers and Acquisitions and Executive Compensation and Managing Organizations in the United Arab Emirates: Dynamic Characteristics and Key Economic Developments, were published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) and Palgrave Macmillan, respectively.

Spraggon is actively involved in case study research and practice and serves as an Associate Editor of the Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies collection. He obtained a competitive research grant from the UAE National Research Foundation to analyse corporate governance practices in local family businesses and received the 2013 Rupert Chisholm Best Theory-to-Practice Paper Award of the Academy of Management Organisational Development and Change Division. He frequently assumes responsibilities as a member of international program committees at academic conferences around the world and is a regular speaker and panelist at practitioner-oriented workshops and events.

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Dr Virginia Bodolica
American University of Sharjah, UAE

Biography

Virginia Bodolica, PhD (HEC Montreal, Canada), is a Professor in the School of Business Administration at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. She teaches in the areas of strategy and innovation, corporate governance, family business, and human resource management. Her research interests are related to governance issues in for-profit settings, family-owned enterprises and healthcare institutions, board of directors’ dynamics, and the incentive design of executive compensation packages in the context of merger and acquisition transactions. She co-authored a research-driven book on Mergers and Acquisitions and Executive Compensation, which was recently published as part of Routledge Studies in Corporate Governance. Among other journals, Bodolica has published in the Academy of Management Annals, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, Strategic Organisation, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Decision, and Health Expectations. She received a Research and Scholarship Award from the UAE National Research Foundation for her collaborative project on corporate governance arrangements in UAE–based family businesses that culminated in the publication of the practice-oriented book titled Managing Organisations in the United Arab Emirates: Dynamic Characteristics and Key Economic Developments. Bodolica assumed consulting roles in private and public organisations and delivered executive education sessions and customised programs to companies in North America, Middle East, and Latin America. Her involvement in professional service activities has earned her Outstanding Reviewer Awards from the Academy of Management Business Policy and Strategy, Healthcare Management, and Management Education and Development Divisions. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Center, London School of Economics and Political Science, where she conducted research on corporate governance initiatives in publicly listed and family-run organisations located in the Gulf region.

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Dr Christina Gitsaki
Zayed University, UAE

Biography

Professor Dr Christina Gitsaki is the Research Coordinator at the Center for Educational Innovation, Zayed University, UAE. During her 20-year career in higher education she has contributed to the field in a number of different capacities such as English language teacher, applied linguistics lecturer, pre-service teacher educator, in-service teacher trainer, textbook author, project manager, curriculum leader, editor and researcher. In the past she served as the UNESCO Chair in Applied Research in Education in Sharjah and later as the Associate Dean of the Foundations program at HCT. Before coming to the UAE, she worked at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia, where she educated pre-service ESL teachers and supervised Masters and PhD students in language education research. She has worked with Education Queensland and The Learning Federation of the Curriculum Corporation, Australia on state and federal education projects such as the creation of digital Learning Objects for K-12 ESL students. Dr Gitsaki has presented her research at International Conferences, has been an invited speaker at various professional events and she has published 72 papers in refereed journals and book chapters on language acquisition and pedagogy. She is the author, editor and co-editor of twelve books on language education research. At the CEI she oversees the Mobile Learning Research Fund, the SoTL Certification Course, the development of resources for research and she provides advice and mentorship to faculty who are interested in engaging in research on teaching and learning.

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Professor Hanada Taha
Zayed University, UAE

Biography

Hanada Taha is the Endowed Professor of Arabic Language at Zayed University. Previously, she served for six years as Acting Dean & Associate Dean of Bahrain Teachers College. She also served as the Director of Arabic Programs at San Diego State University. Professor Taha has worked on a $ 6 Million MEPI literacy project with Scholastic Publishing House in addition to serving as an adviser for Arab Thought Foundation managing its Arabi21 project since 2009. She serves on the board of trustees of H.H Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Arabic Award. Professor Taha reviewed the national Jordanian Arabic language curriculum and wrote an educational reform policy paper both commissioned by the Queen Rania Foundation. Moreover, Professor Taha evaluated the Arabic language national curriculum in Morocco commissioned by the MOE and USAID. Professor Taha research is mostly focused on Arabic language teaching and learning. Professor Taha holds a PhD in Education from the University of New Orleans, USA; MA in Educational Psychology and Counseling and BA in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

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Radek (Radoslaw) Janik
Ministry of Education, UAE

Biography

Radek (Radoslaw) Janik is a PhD candidate in Theoretical Linguistics in the area of Construction Grammar. He is currently the head of the Research Development Unit within the Ministry of Education in the UAE. His interests lie within Data Science, Education Change, and Participatory Action Research to merge the use of data and educational practices into effective evidence-based practices.

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Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh
UAE University, UAE

Biography

Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh is an English Lecturer at UAE University. He was the External Projects Coordinator for four years. He was also the Professional Development Coordinator for the Foundation Program. For the past thirty-four years, he has been teaching English at various levels, skills and institutions in the United States and the Middle East. He has been an administrator and a team leader for over ten years in the United States, and the UAE. He has an MA in Linguistics, and received both his TESL Certificate and his PhD in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University, USA. Dr Abu-Rmaileh has also won many awards for his work as a leader, researcher and classroom teacher. He is a frequent presenter, invited and plenary speaker at local, national and international conferences. Dr Abu-Rmaileh has written on culture, classroom technology, motivation, stress and burnout, critical and creative thinking, emotional and social intelligences, team building, problem solving and leadership. He is TESOL Arabia’s past president, past conference co-chair, and over 20 years experience as local, regional and international conference planner.

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