Professional Development Courses

ALLT 2019 is proud to host a series of Professional Development Courses delivered by regional and international specialists. The series targets the development of specific skills and knowledge that can help the participants improve their practice. The selection of themes for the PD Courses based on the feedback provided by the practitioners attending similar events in the past and Ministry of Education teachers specifying their preferences and needs in the profession. The targeted audience are language instructors, educators, early-career researchers in all educational sections.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the PD Courses. All delegates who would like to register for the PD Courses must also register for the Conference. To register, please click the link below:

Cost AED 300 + VAT

PD courses are offered on Thursday March 7th, 2019.

Time Title
09:00am to 12:00pm Task-Based Language Teaching and Assessment: From Theory to Practice
This course focuses on task-based language teaching and assessment (TBLT/A), especially relevant for practicing teachers.
In recent years, there has been a great interest in task-based language teaching and assessment (TBLT/A) among researchers, language professionals and language teachers worldwide. However, much still needs to be done on the pedagogical side. Specifically, TBLT/A -as well as their underlying principles- should be made more accessible to practicing teachers. One reason why traditional teaching still persists in many parts of the world is because many teachers do not know how to utilize TBLT/A in their practices. Another reason is that not many teachers or instructors, when pressed hard, know what TBLT/A exactly are and why they are more conducive to L2 learning. And third, many teachers consider TBLT/A to be ‘alien theoretical concepts’ that are not applicable to their specific teaching context or educational setting.
09:00am to 12:00pm Early foreign language learning
The course will be divided into 2 strands. The first one will be titled 'EFL Vocabulary building for young learners' and the second one will be titled 'Adapting EFL materials for young learners with dyslexia'. Both seminars will start with a short theoretical overview and will be followed of a practical workshop with hands on activities.
01:00pm to 04:00pm Bridging the Research – Practice Gap: What does it take to publish in high impact journals in applied linguistics
This session will focus on research publishing in language learning and teaching. First, I will outline some historical background of the field, which will provide a background to discuss current trends towards quality research, emerging methodological paradigms, the emergence of rigor, transparency and openness. Participants in the session will engage in discussing concrete examples of academic texts and strategies to revise to meet the standards of high impact journals’ demands. There will be time allocated for consultation in small workshop groups.
01:00pm to 04:00pm

Best Practices in Arabic Language Teaching & Learning: From Rhyming to Reading Workshop and the balanced literacy approach

الممارسات الفضلى في تعليم اللغة العربية وتعلّمها: من السجع إلى ورشة القراءة ومنحى اللغة المتوازن

يمثّل تعليم اللغة العربية اليوم تحديا هائلا في ظل المنافسة الاقتصادية والسياسية وحتى الثقافية لبعض اللغات الأجنبية التي صارت هي اللغة "المفضّلة" عند الكثيرين من أبناء الجيل الجديد. هذا يعني أنّ على المشتغلين باللغة العربية وتعليمها أن يعملوا على إبداع وتعلّم وتبني أفضل الممارسات العالمية في مجالات تعليم اللغات واللسانيات وتطبيقها في صفوفهم. ستقوم هذه الورشة بعرض مجموعة من تلك الممارسات الفضلى تحديدا في مجال القراءة المبكرة وكيفية تطبيقها في صف اللغة العربية.