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Foundation English Students Present Research Findings
2012-11-05

Three students from the Foundation Program Department of English (FPDE) recently presented their research findings at the 1st International Conference on Tertiary Language Education (ICTLE) held at Taylor’s University in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.
 
The conference aims to bring together the needs and interests of professionals in the field of tertiary language education.
 
Anas Mohamed,  Zakaria Gaga and  Mahmoud Saad presented the findings of a small-scale research project related to the use of Mobile Learning (M-Learning) in teaching and learning English language skills.  The project, on which the students worked with three research coaches Ismail Fayed, Amer Yacoub and Dr Ali Hussein from FPDE, had been awarded a UREP grant from Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in 2011.

The project’s PI Ismail Fayed explained: “Many university students now are strongly attached to their mobile phones or tablets. We wanted to explore how that could help university students to practice and improve their fluency in the language.  Undergraduates who are still studying or are about to complete their foundation year were excited to learn several research skills via mobile learning”.
 
The participating students relished the excitement of the experience of presenting at the conference, visiting an international university and sharing their research with colleagues and professionals abroad. “We feel that we have gained more confidence as future researchers”, they said.