- Conference Theme
- Organising Committee
- Review Committee
- Grant & Scholarship Recipients
"Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change"
Conference Sub-Theme: World Englishes in the MENA Region
February 16–18, 2018 | The InterContinental Festival City Event Centre, Dubai, UAE
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.
IICLLDubai & IICEDubai
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.
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
The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai 2018 (IICLLDubai2018) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2018 (IICEDubai2018). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.
The Organising Committee of The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai (IICLLDubai) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.
Professor Akiyoshi Suzuki, Nagasaki University, Japan
Dr Alireza Karbalaei, Farhangian University, Iran
Dr Asad Asadi, Kalam Language Institute, Iran
Dr Christina Gitsaki, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Dr David Palfreyman, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Dr Firas Al-Jubouri, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Dr Matthew Robby, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates
Dr Melanie Gobert, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates
Dr Najwa Saba 'Ayon, Rafik Hariri University, Lebanon
Dr Nobue Tanaka-Ellis, Tokai University, Japan
Dr Ping Wang, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates
Professor Sadie Morhy, Federal University of Para, Brazil
Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh, UAE University, United Arab Emirates
Dr Wafa Zoghbor, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Dr Zeina Hojeij, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.
If you would like to apply to serve on the IICLLDubai2019 Review Committee, please visit our application page.
IICLLDubai2018 Senior Reviewers
Dr Faisal Al Shihhi, Sohar College of Applied Sciences, Oman
Dr Jerson Catoto, Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, The Philippines
Dr Bulaun Doofan, University of Mkar, Mkar, Gboko, Nigeria
Dr Sarah Hopkyns, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Dr Kiddinapillai Sanmuganathan, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Dr Shahla Simin, Teacher Training University, Iran
Dr Smriti Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India
Professor Yanyan Wang, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, China
IAFOR Grant & Scholarship Recipients 2018
Our warmest congratulations go to Omneya Omar, Omar J. Salaam and Shahla Simin, recipients of IAFOR Scholarships, who have been selected by the conference Organising Committee to receive financial support to present their research at The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2018 and The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai 2018.
IAFOR's grants and scholarships programme provides financial support to PhD students and early career academics, with the aim of helping them pursue research excellence and achieve their academic goals through interdisciplinary study and interaction. Awards are based on the appropriateness of the educational opportunity in relation to the applicant's field of study, financial need, and contributions to their community and to IAFOR's mission of interdisciplinarity. Scholarships are awarded based on availability of funds from IAFOR and vary with each conference.
The Organising Committee of the relevant IAFOR conference awards scholarships to eligible applicants who have submitted exceptional abstracts that have passed the blind peer review process and have been accepted for presentation at the conference.
Omneya Omar, Lancaster University, UK
IAFOR Scholarship Recipient
Ms Omneya Omar is currently a Doctoral Student at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Higher Education Research department, Lancaster University, UK, and was previously an Academic Counseling Team Leader at American University of the Middle East, Kuwait. Ms Omar earned her MSc. in Business Psychology from Heriot Watt University. Her research focus well being through learning, with specific focus on lifelong learning and capturing informal learning experiences within the society and workplace.
Omar J. Salaam, University of South Florida, USA
IAFOR Scholarship Recipient
Omar J. Salaam holds an MEd in Educational Leadership with a concentration on the Principalship, a BA in Music Education, and is scheduled for a final defense of his dissertation this semester to complete a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida, USA. His twenty-plus years of experiences in K-12 education incorporate success in private and public schools, local and international schools abroad, and as both a teacher and an assistant principal and principal. His global brand management style also resulted in the corporate experience of working as an educational consultant. He has worked extensively in the areas of global education, diversity and social justice endeavors. Now living and working in Saudi Arabia as a College & Careers Counselor at an International School, Omar looks forward to networking within the Middle East region in his pursuit of a professorship in this region.
Shahla Simin, Teacher Training University, Iran
IAFOR Scholarship Recipient
Dr Shahla Simin, holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Isfahan, Iran, and an MA and BA in TEFL. She is currently an English instructor in a teaching training program in Isfahan, Iran. Her research interests lie in the areas of pragmatics, sociopragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, ESP/EAP and online communication.