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TESOL Arabia ESP SIG & Western Region Chapter Al Khamael Model School Saturday 30th October, 2010 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 9:30-10:00 Registration 10:00-11:00 Issues in ESP William Phalon The Implications of MI Theory in Language Instruction. Mr. Azzeddine Bencherab 11:00-11:30 Refreshments & Networking 11:30-12:30 Tomorrow's Environmentalists Shamma Rashed Khalfan Abdulla Zayed Al Mazrouei Zahera Mohamed Amer Humaid Al Mansoori Khulood Ismail Saleh Ahmed Haya Abdulla Khalfan Al Mazrouei 12:30 Certificates of Attendance Participation is free for TESOL Arabia Members. AED 40 for non-members Issues in ESP This presentation will try to identify what ESP is and how it’s different from standard ESL. It also explores how and why students lose their interest in the materials—or, obviously, never develop it in the first place, particularly when it comes to students learning English for vocational purposes. Some ways of increasing students’ engagement and gaining some precision in assessment will also be discussed. Presenter MR. William Phalon is an Instructor of technical English at ADNOC Technical Institute in Abu Dhabi. He has taught English in Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia and the US. The Implications of MI Theory in Language Instruction Mixed ability classes are a fact that no teacher can ignore. It is inconceivable to think about our classes as being fully homogeneous and that all learners come with the same language background, learning style and motivation. Gardner’s theory on Multiple Intelligences has helped teachers and materials’ designers gain a deeper understanding of learners’ profiles. This understanding has narrowed the gap that might exist between teachers’ practices and learners’ perceptions. An awareness of individual differences in learning has made ESL/EFL educators and program designers more sensitive to their roles in teaching and learning and has resulted in seeing to it that teaching and learning styles be matched in order to make the best of their teaching and develop learners’ potentials in language learning. The presenter will share true and tried techniques that could be implemented in a foreign language classroom and bring answers on how teachers can face learning diversity in the classroom. Presenter Mr. Azzeddine Bencherab has been teaching English for more than twenty years now. He is author of several articles in the States and Japan. Back in his country he taught African literature, oral communication and writing courses. Presently he is working for ADNOC Technical Institute in Abu Dhabi. His field of interest is developing skills. Tomorrow’s Environmentalists “If we can teach our children to respect nature, they will carry it with them for the rest of their lives”. If we can do this one small thing, then the environment has a future because our children are the future. During this session, students from Madinat Zayed Women’s College will do four mini presentations based on the environmental projects they began in September, 2010. The audience will walk away understanding the profound effect students can have on the environment and they will be given clear examples of how their students can begin their own environmental projects. The four presenters are: Shamma Rashed Khalfan Abdulla Zayed Al Mazrouei is presently studying at Higher Colleges of Technology in Madinat Zayed. Shamma is in her first year of the Bachelor’s program and her major is Medical Laboratory Science. Zahera Mohamed Amer Humaid Al Mansoori is presently studying at Higher Colleges of Technology in Madinat Zayed. Zahera in her first year of the Bachelor’s program and her major is Medical Laboratory Science. Khulood Ismail Saleh Ahmed is presently studying at Higher Colleges of Technology in Madinat Zayed. Khulood in her first year of the Bachelor’s program and her major is IT Business Haya Abdulla Khalfan Al Mazrouei is presently studying at Higher Colleges of Technology in Madinat Zayed. Haya in her first year of the Bachelor’s program and her major is IT Business.
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