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Session 1 - 11.30 - 12.15
11.30 - 12:15
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(45 Minutes Sessions)

How people learn: experiential methods of engagement Dr Colin Beard , Sheffield Business School
In this session participants will explore two methods that change the way we work with students. The first experience explores staff-student introductions and highlights a different way to do this using questioning skills development, whilst the second experience explores the basis of the student understanding of ‘higher’ education and what is expected in assignments through an interactive whiteboard experience using four colour pens.
Two user-friendly websites for any level David Anderson,Corne Lotter, HCT
In this session practical demonstrations will be delivered to showcase (1) ReadTheory - a reading website and (2) Number Cruncher - an a website delivering intensive practice of number formats to prepare for IELTS Listening Part 1.
How Locus of Control Affects Learner Motivation Edith Flahive , HCT
This session examines the influence of locus of control on learner motivation and considers the implications for learning and teaching, through a theoretical approach.
Planning Professional Learning Networks and Communities Brigid Wheelahan,Tracey Caterine, HCT
In this session the presenters will propose a teacher meet-up to discuss how to improve professional learning communities and begin to build an educator meet-up network across the HCT system.
Treating the Grassroots of Students’ Prevalent Mistakes. Is Conceptual Learning the Solution? Why? How? Hasan Toubat, HCT
This interactive session will focus on why and how the conceptual learning/teaching strategy is an effective treatment of the grassroots of students’ prevalent mistakes problem. It will also discuss how the new initiative of Innovative Learning Centers can play a vital role in applying this strategy.
Grammar Blocks: a new grammar teaching method Gary Pathare, HCT
In this session, the presenter will share his new, innovative method of teaching the English verb system using an efficient mathematical/visual approach. This was developed and trialed in response to a Level 3 exam that tests over 14 grammar topics after only around 24 hours of class time. Comprehensive materials for Level 3 topics will be shared, but the method is applicable to any verb form.
PowerPoint for face-to-face and flipped classroom Boulos Chalita, HCT
This interactive session demonstrates the use of transitions and links in MS PowerPoint to help face-to-face and flipped classrooms using multiple choice, True/False and other tools.
Screencastomatic Carrie Mullen ,Rita Al Rouady, HCT
The session will discuss the benefits of bite size videos and showcase one video created using Screencastomatic. Screencastomatic is a Web-based, quick and user-friendly tool that produces high quality videos. Attendees will get the chance to record their own video.
Traditional Vocabulary Records in a Digital Age Bjorn Candel, HCT
This session will highlight the difference between 'creating' and 'consuming' vocabulary content and present practical ideas for recording and organizing a traditional DIY vocabulary record in a digital format.
Implementing a professional learning community to promote change in student learning Fiona Hartley, ZU
This session will involve a discussion of the pre-session reading and a professional learning community can be established across the system not only as a way to improve student learning, but also as an innovative approach to professional development.
Developing an English for Academic Purposes MOOC Jesse Balanyk,Jaime Buchanan, ZU
This workshop will present ongoing work at Zayed University on the development of a Massive Open Online Course for developing academic writing skills, with a focus on the genre conventions of the essay. The course is primarily aimed at Arabic high school graduates looking to circumvent attending a bridging program at the tertiary level, and is specifically designed with the Arabic learner in mind, both in content and delivery methods. The development of the project will be explored, as well as potential secondary uses of the MOOC to support in-house pre-sessional language courses and language learning across the university.
Impact of Smart Devices in Learning Mathematics Ahmed Abubakar,Dilkhwaz Hamad, UAEU
This session aims to examine the effect of using mobile devices like smartphones and iPad in learning mathematics in the foundation program in United Arab Emirates University. This is done using empirical studies on students learning using various applications in these devices.
Flexing Out of The Mainstream Teaching Knot Khouloud Sabbagh, ZU
This workshop aims to offer a safe environment for educators to ‘authentically’ discuss innovation ‘whys and why nots’ with emphasis on the key ‘knots’ in academia. While technological innovation aims to replace humans with robots, academia is still producing knowledgeable robot-like students who lack the skills required to cope with future workplace challenges. Innovation in teaching and learning has been around for decades. However, today’s world and workplace urgently call for grass root transformation that will redefine academia altogether. The question at the heart of the discussion is whether ‘we’ academics and ‘academia’ are ready for this inevitable mindset shift.
Session 2 - 12.30 - 13.15
12.30 - 13.15
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Foundations students panel discussion Tim Beer, HCT
In this session students will share their experiences with the panel about their time during the Foundations programme.
Using Seesaw as an online portfolio Eva Jay, HCT
In this session the presenter will demonstrate how to set up Seesaw with a class and ways she has used Seesaw in her own classes.  There will be space afterwards for participants to share their own experiences of online portfolios.
Introduction to mReader Shelley Lawson, HCT
This session is intended as a practical guide for teachers wishing to begin using MReader for the first time. It will include starting a college account with the administrator, adding teachers, setting up a class, enrolling students, finding books and troubleshooting.
Exploring  extrinsic learner motivation when using Quizizz Azzam Premji, HCT
This session will involve a hands-on experience of learning grammar as a student using Quizizz. The benefits and drawbacks of using this game to motivate learners will be offered, along with a Q&A session at the end.
UDL and going green, does it really work? Carmen Medina, HCT
This session will look at Universal Design For Learning (UDL) as it aspires to cater for all students in the classroom. In a foreign language classroom, alongside the difficulties that students might bring to the table, we have to add the fact that teachers often have to cater for mixed ability regarding the level of the language students bring to the class; lastly, but not less important is the fact that in this mind boggling technological world where technology evolves in a heartbeat, we still have students who are more comfortable with a paper and a pencil. Are we catering for their needs? Is an iPad or computer the best primary tool for a classroom? These questions and many others will be reviewed and put forth for discussion.
Collecting and exploiting learner errors in speech and writing Jon Fiteni ,Kevin Lim, HCT
This session approaches errors as a language learning resource to be sought and exploited. The session will touch on the literature on errors in language production, but most time will be given to a discussion of approaches and techniques to collect and exploit errors for language development.
Empowering Students – Promoting Independent Learning Macarena Cruz, HCT
This session will look at study skills as a step towards independent learning. It will involve a discussion on the OCDE’s 2015 Global Education Survey figures.
A Day at the Mall: An LBD on Percentage Problems Jen Dela Torre, HCT
This session investigates using a LBD activity to incorporate ALEKS percentage problems into an exciting real-world experience involving different applications of percentages as students could experience them at a shopping mall. This session also involves the use of the Socrative Space Race for Math.
Creating Interactive Learning Activities by Nearpod Mozah Yammahi, HCT
This session highlights the strengths of using the Nearpod app to engage students with their learning goals.
Which, Witch, Wich? Helping our Students with Spelling Nicola Harris, HCT
This session looks at practical activities to help students develop and improve their spelling.
Creating screen capture videos using Camtasia Studio Lisa Brashear ,Gil Briones, HCT
In this session participants will learn to make instruction and other professional videos for their classrooms using Camtasia Studio. The session is designed for participants with little to no knowledge of Camtasia.
Junk-food Reading is Healthy David Bozetarnik, HCT
In this session the presenter will describe his experiences using M-Reader this academic year, along with the ups and downs. Participants from all four levels of Foundations are welcome, whether they have used M-Reader or not.
Online Collaborative Writing Project: Rhetorical Styles Donald Glass, ZU
This session showcases a collaborative writing project where students work in teams and as a class through a term-long series of steps to create a sharable online local food magazine using rhetorical styles studied in class. The project utilizes Google Docs to organize and collaborate on the steps and Joomag, an online magazine creation tool, to create the final product. The information is presented as a guide on how to do similar collaborative projects using these two programs.
Session 3 - 14.30 - 15.15
14:30 - 15:15
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Innovative learning centres Carol Shamsabadi,Christine Howling, HCT
This session will look at the 'Learning Centres in Foundations' pilot, how it worked at RKW and discuss the way forward
Flipquiz: a Game for Revising and Motivating Huda Jamal, HCT
This session will introduce the free Flipquiz website - a website where teachers can create language jeopardy-style game boards. This is a great tool to review lesson and motivate students. Presentation will cover a review of the technical steps of operating this website along with a showcase model, site pros and cons, and a discussion.
Using comic strips for integration of language skills Yurii Vedrashko, HCT
In this session the presenter will demonstrate the use of comic strips in instructional materials for EFL students. The materials are aimed at integration of language skills through the use of the same non-linguistic content. A discussion of certain pedagogical challenges will follow.
The Making of ‘The Adventure’: from Concept to Cartoon Rosemary Evans, HCT
This is the story behind the story: how an attempt to create a quick, one-off supplementary reading resource for one specific Foundations Level 2 section ended up becoming a full-length audio book with activities and a song, suitable for students at Level 2+.  
Creating a Video Lesson with embedded quiz for BbLearn Homework Nap Abdon, HCT
This session higlights the use of Camtasia to create videos which can be used as part of a flipped classroom approach. It also incorporate the use of tracking in BB Learn to track video usage.
Project/problem-based learning Polly Mercer, HCT
This workshop will explore the principles of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and apply these through designing a project. Although PBL is not a new pedagogy, this session aims to explore how and in what ways it is applicable to the Foundations curriculum and how it can be used to enhance student engagement, language learning and critical thinking at all levels.
Stay Together - ‘Inclusive activities for multilevel classes’ Terry Prosser, HCT
This presentation offers a series of helpful ideas and suggestions to deal with the difficulties of multi-level classes along with developing motivation, interest and learner interaction. In addition, the session sets out a variety of inclusive activities that provide opportunities for personalisation and appeal to different learning styles and perspectives.
Stop asking questions...let the students ask instead (The Question Formulation Technique) Akram Baddoura, HCT
This Math-focused session will explore the technique of encouraging students to ask questions to explore a topic, rather than the teacher introducing the topic through their own set of questions. It explores the Question Formulation Technique which can help students to formulate their own questions relating to a designated topic.
Managing Stress Ian Delahunt, HCT
This session explores the Prof Steve Peter’s theory “The Chimp Paradox” and how these ideas can help us to manage our stress more effectively.
The Michel Thomas Method - What relevance does it have for English teachers? Phil Hall, HCT
In this session the presenter will identify what makes the Michel Thomas method uniquely effective as a language teaching tool and discuss its surprising implications for the teaching and learning of English.