Keynote Speakers

Ali Shehadeh
Ali Shehadeh

UAE University,
United Arab Emirates

Ali Shehadeh is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the Department of Curriculums and Methods of Instruction, College of Education, UAE University. He was the Chair and Professor of the Department of Linguistics, UAE University. He has taught under- and graduate courses in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and TESOL. He supervised or sat on the committees of over 35 Master’s and Doctoral dissertations in the region and beyond. He has published in top-tier research journals in the field of Applied Linguistics and TESOL including Language Learning, TESOL Quarterly, System, Journal of Applied Linguistics, and ELT Journal. Dr. Shehadeh has a total of 80+ publications to his name. Dr. Shehadeh is part of the largest encyclopedia project in the world on TESOL, the 8-volume print (14-volume online) encyclopedia titled The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching, published in 2018. Dr. Shehadeh is the editor of Volume II: Approaches and Methods in English for Speakers of Other Languages.

Janina Brutt-Griffler

The State University of New York

Professor Brutt-Griffler brings more than 20 years of research, senior level administration, and university teaching in language education in the USA and internationally, including at the State University of New York (USA), the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of York (UK). She served as an external evaluator for academic programs and universities in the Middle East, including in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is the Academic Vice Dean of Education and Language Programs at the State University of New York, and she has served as the Head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, and Director of the Research Center in Comparative and Global Education. In these roles, she has directed research teams, large scale projects and programs, developed academic curricula and mentored more than 20 faculty and 225 graduate students annually in research and teaching.

Professor Brutt-Griffler has published numerous books and peer-refereed articles in prestigious venues focusing on contemporary issues in English and multilingual education, literacy development among young learners, teacher and school leader professional development, policy development and dual-language programming to improve educational experiences among all students. Her books include World English: A Study of its Development (winner of an award from the Modern Language Association of the US), Bilingualism and Language Pedagogy, and English and Ethnicity. She is the editor of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell).

Hanada Taha Thomure
Hanada Taha Thomure

Zayed University,
United Arab Emirates

Hanada Taha Thomure, Ph.D., is the Endowed Professor of Arabic Language and Chair of the Arabic Department 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 Thomure founded the Arabi21 project with a grant from the Arab Thought Foundation and has been managing the project since 2015. She serves on the Saudi Arabia Committee for Human Capacity Development since 2018 as part of its 2030 Vision. In addition, she serves on the board of trustees of H.H Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Arabic Award. Professor Taha Thomure reviewed the national Jordanian Arabic language curriculum and wrote the 10-year educational reform policy commissioned by the Queen Rania Foundation. Moreover, Professor Taha Thomure evaluated the Arabic language national curriculum in Morocco commissioned by the MOE and USAID in 2015 -2016 and has been advising the Moroccan government on Arabic language reform since 2014. Professor Taha’s research is mostly focused on Arabic language teaching and learning.

Kevin S. Carroll

University of Puerto Rico
San Juan,
Puerto Rico

Kevin S. Carroll, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Dr. Carroll is a widely published scholar who has presented in a variety of local and international forums. He has worked in the fields of teaching English as a second Language, bilingual education and language policy and planning. For two years, Dr. Carroll had the privilege of working at Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi, UAE where he documented translanguaging practices in higher education. Such was the subject of his co-edited volume titled: Translanguaging in Higher Education: Beyond Monolingual Ideologies, published by Multilingual Matters in 2017. His current research on translanguaging in formal education works to normalize multilingualism in higher education. His research argues that professors should build on students’ linguistic repertoires in an attempt to make their teaching as meaningful as possible.