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QU discusses English Language Teaching and 21st Century Skills virtually in its upcoming international conference (ELT international conference) | Qatar University

QU discusses English Language Teaching and 21st Century Skills virtually in its upcoming international conference (ELT international conference)

2020-11-08 00:00:00.0

The Foundation Program (FP), Deanship of General Studies, has announced in a press conference, organizing Qatar University (QU)’s 5th Annual International Conference on English Language Teaching (ELT), which will take place on 7 and 8 November.
In a press interview with Dr. Hezam Al-Awah, the Conference Chair and Director of Foundation Program, he stated that this year, the conference committee received proposals from around 40 countries around the world. Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, the QU President, will inaugurate the conference virtually on Saturday, 7 November.
Several world-renowned keynote speakers will honor the conference. Professor Stephen Krashen and Professor Rod Ellis are the plenary speakers. Mrs. Shaikha Al-Rumaihi, Head of the English Curriculum Standards Office at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Harry Kuchah, IATEFL President, Dr. Deborah Short, TESOL President, Dr. Dudley Reynolds, TESOL Past President, Dr/ Andy Curtis, TESOL Past President, Dr. Shelley Terrell, Award-winning digital innovator, and the chair of the FPDE Conference Committee, Dr. Okon Effiong, TESOL Board Member and Founder of Africa TESOL are among the distinguished featured speakers.
Over the years, the QU ELT conference has continued to gain regional and international recognition to provide high-quality professional development opportunities for English language teachers. This year's conference will discuss English Language Teaching and 21st Century Skills. These skills are required for educators to implement in the curriculum to assure expected students learning outcomes that support students to contribute to their countries' development in various sectors.
The FPDE continues to partner with the Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education to ensure that Qatar's high school teachers benefit from the event. The conference team have agreed with the Training and Educational Development Center at MOEHE to award credit hours to participating public school English language teachers.
During the two virtual day event, delegates will be able to attend around 85 sessions that fall under the following categories: virtual learning, emotional intelligence, social earning, critical thinking, and creativity in TEFL setting, digital literacy, learner autonomy, project-based learning, managing virtual classroom, online testing and online tools to enhance learning. More than one thousand educators are expected to attend the conference.

Dr. Al-Awah said, “This conference is the fifth of its kind organized by the FP, Deanship of General Studies at QU. It interprets the FP management and faculty's commitment to contributing to Qatar's ELT development and around the world. This year conference is launching its 1st virtual version due to COVID-19 situation. The pandemic did not stop us from moving forward, together, as educators to overcome the challenges of maintaining and working harder to ensure an excellent educational environment for our current and future students. Thus, acquiring the essential 21st-century skills and discussing related new research and creative ideas are fundamental requirements to ensure the quality of teaching and learning, especially at this time of the ongoing demand to improve the higher education sector.”
Throughout the two-day event, researchers and teachers will share their experience contributing to the teaching and learning of the English language.
Dr. Manasreh, Head of the Foundation Program Department of English (FPDE), added, "The FPDE conference committee is working with its full potential to bring TESOL practitioners in Qatar and the world, with the vital up-to-date professional development. FPDE is proud of its relationship with colleagues and partners, which has resulted in several joint projects such as this conference.