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Qatar TESOL Conference: Call for Papers

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Conference Call for Papers - Deadline extended to 28 February 2009

Conference Theme and Topics of Interest

We would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the fourth annual Qatar TESOL 2009 conference. The theme of this year's conference is Language and Content / Content and Language . Proposals which focus on the conference theme will receive first consideration; however, all proposals on English Language Teaching will be gratefully received and vetted.

CLILS seems to be the buzzword of the day in ELT circles these days. What do we mean by it? In the British Council publication English Next , David Graddol wrote that CLIL is "an approach to bilingual education in which both curriculum content (such as science or geography) and English are taught together. It differs from simple English-medium instruction in that the learner is not necessarily expected to have the English proficiency required to cope with the subject before beginning study." (Graddol, D. English Next. British Council Publications, 2006)

Whether you know it as Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Content Based Learning (CBL), English for Special Purposes (ESP), or another acronym, English language teaching and content can be successfully linked. Here in the Gulf, as reforms take place in the education system, many teachers are faced with students who are learning content through English. We'd like to hear what approaches you're using in the classroom to deal with this situation. All educators are faced with trying to have the most impact per instructional hour, or getting the most bang for your buck, was we would say in North America. How are you helping your students to achieve success? The Qatar TESOL Conference Committee is looking for proposals which address these issues.


Presenting at QatarTESOL is not just for well-known professionals, but a way for all of us to take an active role in our teaching community, ask important questions, share our knowledge, and learn from the experience of others. Teachers and administrators from the following areas are invited to present:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Independent schools
  • University / College preparatory/foundation programs
  • Adult education institutions

Types of Proposals

Qatar TESOL invites proposals for papers, demonstrations, workshops, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions. When submitting your proposal, consider which of the categories below it would fit into:

- Young learners / Elementary - Reading
- CALL - Writing
- Cross-cultural Education - Speaking
- Independent Learners - Listening
- Materials Writing - Vocabulary
- Teacher Education -Grammar
- Administration - Assessment


How to Submit Your Proposal

You must submit a separate proposal form for each proposal. This form requires you to submit details of the presenter (biodata), the type & title of your presentation, a description of the session and an abstract for the conference program. Send your proposal by email attachment to [email protected] . Please do not send your proposal in the body of an email.

Download a Presenter Proposal Form.

Download Guidelines for Submitting Proposals


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