English Language and General Studies Education in the United Arab Emirates

English Language and General Studies Education in the United Arab Emirates

Author: Christine Coombe

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811688881

Category: Education

Page: 495

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This book presents an up-to-date account of current English-language English teaching and General Studies practices in the UAE. The chapters, written by leading language teacher educators, feature theoretical and empirical aspects of teaching, learning, assessment as well as related research. Throughout the book, the link between theory and practice is highlighted and exemplified. This reader-friendly book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, researchers and administrators of English language and general studies programs in the UAE and beyond who wish to keep abreast of recent developments in the field.

Research Questions in Language Education and Applied Linguistics

Research Questions in Language Education and Applied Linguistics

Author: Hassan Mohebbi

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030791438

Category: Education

Page: 889

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This volume encompasses the range of research questions on language-related problems that arise in language teaching, learning and assessment. The [150] chapters are written by experts in the field who each offer their insights into current and future directions of research, and who suggest several highly relevant research questions. Topics include, but are not limited to: language skills teaching, language skills assessment and testing, measurement, feedback, discourse analysis, pragmatics, semantics, language learning through technology, CALL, MALL, ESP, EAP, ERPP, TBLT, materials development, genre analysis, needs analysis, corpus, content-based language teaching, language teaching and learning strategies, individual differences, research methods, classroom research, form-focused instruction, age effects, literacy, proficiency, and teacher education and teacher development. The book serves as a reference and offers inspiration to researchers and students in language education. An important skill in reviewing the research literature is following a study’s “plan of attack.” Broadly, this means that before accepting and acting upon the findings, one considers a) the research question (Is it clear and focused? Measurable?), b) the subjects examined, the methods deployed, and the measures chosen (Do they fit the study’s goal and have the potential to yield useful results?), and c) the analysis of the data (Do the data lead to the discussion presented? Has the author reasonably interpreted results to reach the conclusion?). Mohebbi and Coombe’s book, Research Questions in Language Education and Applied Linguistics: A Reference Guide, helps budding researchers take the first step and develop a solid research question. As the field of language education evolves, we need continual research to improve our instructional and assessment practices and our understanding of the learners’ language learning processes. This book with its remarkable 150 topics and 10 times the number of potential research questions provides a wealth of ideas that will help early career researchers conduct studies that move our field forward and grow our knowledge base. Deborah J. Short, Ph.D., Director, Academic Language Research & Training, Past President, TESOL International Association (2021-22) As a teacher in graduate programs in TESOL I frequently come across the frustration of students at centering their research interests on a particular topic and developing research questions which are worth pursuing so as to make a contribution to the field. This frustration stems from the fact that our field is so vast and interrelated, that it is often impossible to properly address all that interests them. Hence, I wholeheartedly welcome this most relevant and innovative addition to the research literature in the field of TESOL and Applied Linguistics. Coombe and Mohebbi have created a real tour de force that stands to inform budding researchers in the field for many years to come. Additionally, the cutting-edge depiction of the field and all it has to offer will no doubt update the research agendas of many seasoned researchers around the world. The 150 chapters are organized in a most powerful, yet, deceptively simple way offering a positioning within the topic, suggesting questions that might direct inquiry and offering a basic set of bibliographic tools to start the reader in the path towards research. What is more, the nine sections in which the chapters are organized leave no area of the field unexplored. Dr. Gabriel Díaz Maggioli, Academic Advisor, Institute of Education, Universidad ORT del Uruguay, President, IATEFL

Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching

Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching

Author: Hayo Reinders

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030134136

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 285

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This edited collection presents a study of innovation in teaching, learning, assessment and teacher development practices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The thirteen research-based chapters in this collection examine recent innovations in English language teaching, drawing on classroom, administrative and learning experiences from seven of the countries in the region. The major trends analyzed across the volume include the language skills of reading and writing and the prevalence of technology and technology-enhanced instruction. It highlights that innovative teaching, learning and assessment practices that are now in place in virtually all levels of English language teaching and learning from primary school to university to adult education sectors, and reflects on possible ways forward for innovation in the field of ELT. This book will provide valuable insight for scholars of applied linguistics and practitioners working in language policy,

Positive Psychology Perspectives on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

Positive Psychology Perspectives on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

Author: Danuta Gabryś-Barker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319329543

Category: Education

Page: 366

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This book introduces readers to the principles of a fairly new branch of psychology – positive psychology – and demonstrates how they can be applied in the context of second language acquisition in a natural environment and in instructed foreign language (FL) learning. It focuses both on the well-being and success of the learner and the professional and personal well-being of the teacher. Further, the book stresses the importance of the positive emotions and character strengths of those involved in the process of language learning and teaching, as well as the significant role played by enabling institutions such as school and, at the micro-level, individual FL classes.

Who's Who in the Arab World 2007-2008

Who's Who in the Arab World 2007-2008

Author: Publitec Publications

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110930047

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1216

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Who's Who in the Arab World 2007-2008 compiles information on the most notable individuals in the Arab world. Additionally, the title provides insight into the historical background and the present of this influential and often volatile region. Part I sets out precise biographical details on some 6,000 eminent individuals who influence every sphere of public life in politics, culture and society. Part II surveys the 19 Arab Countries, providing detailed information on the geography, history, constitution, economy and culture of the individual countries. Part III provides information on the historical background of the Arab world. Indexes by country and profession supplement the biographical section. A select bibliography of secondary literature on the Middle East is also included.

The Impact of Global English on Cultural Identities in the United Arab Emirates

The Impact of Global English on Cultural Identities in the United Arab Emirates

Author: Sarah Hopkyns

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000059618

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 214

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This book provides a nuanced portrait of the complexities of the cultural and linguistic landscape in the United Arab Emirates, unpacking the ever shifting dynamics and attitudes between and about English and Arabic in the region in today’s era of superdiversity.// Employing a qualitative phenomenological approach which draws on a rich set of data from questionnaires and focus groups comprising both Emirati and expatriate students and teachers, Hopkyns problematizes the common binary East-West paradigm focused around the tension between the use of English and Arabic in the UAE. Key issues emerging from the resulting analysis include the differing attitudes toward English and in particular, English Medium Instruction, the impact of this tension on identity, and the ways in which the two languages are employed in distinct ways on an everyday scale. // The volume will be of particular interest to students and scholars interested in issues around language and identity, language policy and planning, multilingualism, translanguaging, and language and education.

Quality in TESOL and Teacher Education

Quality in TESOL and Teacher Education

Author: Juan de Dios Martínez Agudo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429582349

Category: Education

Page: 280

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This volume takes a holistic view of the current trends and challenges in quality and quality assurance in TESOL and teacher education. Bringing together top scholars in the field from all over the world, the text features invaluable international perspectives with the common objective of improving the quality in TESOL and teacher education in constantly changing and challenging educational contexts globally. Grouped into four wide-ranging, thematic sections – on multilingualism, diversity, teacher education, and future challenges – the book addresses new obstacles faced by educational professionals in today’s rapidly changing educational landscape by offering alternatives to quantitative targets. Chapter authors cover a range of contexts and timely issues, including technology in the classroom, culturally relevant teaching, teaching for continuous improvement, professional development, and monitoring and evaluating quality. Providing a forum of discussion on the intricacies, complexities, and challenges related to the urgent question of quality in the field, this book is a must-read for prospective ESL/EFL teachers and teacher educators.

Applied Linguistics in the Middle East and North Africa

Applied Linguistics in the Middle East and North Africa

Author: Atta Gebril

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027265791

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 402

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This volume offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of applied research efforts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This region has not received due attention in the literature and this publication provides a much-needed contribution to the existing body of knowledge. The editor recruited a number of renowned scholars who either work in the MENA countries or have experience doing research in this region to contribute to this project. The selection of chapters ensured representation of applied linguistics efforts in North Africa, the Levant, and the Gulf. The book looks into language research within social and educational MENA contexts. The final part of the book provides a forward-looking perspective about applied linguistics research and practices in the Middle East and North Africa. The book is primarily written for those interested in applied linguistics, particularly researchers, graduate students, and language professionals in the MNEA region.

Asian English

Asian English

Author: Myles Chilton

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811635137

Category: Asia--History

Page: 330

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Contesting the idea that the study of Anglophone literature and literary studies is simply a foreign import in Asia, this collection addresses the genealogies of textual critique and institutionalized forms of teaching of English language and literature in Asia through the 19th and 20th centuries, along with an examination of how its present options and possible future directions relate to these historical contexts. It argues that the establishment of Anglophone literature in Asia did not simply happen there were extra-literary and -academic forces at work, inserting and domesticating in Asian universities both the English language and Anglo-American literature, and their attendant cultural and political values. Offering new perspectives for ongoing conversations surrounding the globalization of Anglophone literature in literary and cultural studies, the book also considers the practicalities of teaching both the language and its canon of classic texts, and that the historical formation and shape of English studies in Asia offers lessons that relate not only to the discipline but also may be applied to the humanities as a whole.