Qatar University to host annual international conference on English Language teaching on November 6-8

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The forthcoming Qatar University (QU) 6th Annual International ‘Virtual’ Conference on English Language Teaching, will be held on 6-8 November 2021. This was announced by the Foundation Program (FP) under the Deanship of General Studies.

QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham will inaugurate the conference on Saturday, November 6, via WebEx, said a Press note from QU.

At a press meet, Dr. Hezam Al-Awah, director of Foundation Program, said the conference committee has received proposals from 56 countries around the world this year. Scott Thornbury will be the plenary speaker. He is a well-published author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and several textbooks.

The other speakers include Ms. Nouf Al-Kaabi, director of Educational Policy and Research, Ministry of Education & Higher Education; Gabriela Kleckova, TESOL President; Christine Coombe, TESOL Past President; and Kashif Raza, lecturer of English language at the Foundation Program, Qatar University.

Over the years, the Qatar University English Language Teaching (QU-ELT) conference has continued to gain regional and international recognition by providing high-quality professional development opportunities for English language teachers.

This year’s conference will discuss “Expanding roles and increasing responsibilities of teachers in the post-Covid era”.

These additional responsibilities for educators equip them to deal with the challenges of virtual teaching.

The Foundation Program at Qatar University continues to collaborate with the Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) to ensure that Qatar’s high school teachers benefit from the event. The conference Committee Chair Dr. Okon Effiong worked with the Training and Educational Development Center (TEDC) of the MoEHE to award credit hours to participating public school English language teachers towards the required annual professional development hours for school teachers.

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