The Enthusiastic KSAALT at UBT, Dhahban- KSA

The recent KSAALT Mini-Conference was next to amazing. As a member of the organising committee and as a presenter, I was extremely overwhelmed. We got a very encouraging response on the event day by our host; The University of Business and Technology, UBT Dahban Campus, Makkah –KSA.

Everyone arrived on schedule although; it was a 35 minute, early morning ride from Jeddah. Smooth registered by the dedicated KSAALT team made it easy to enjoy the workshops presented by able and experienced educators from around the Kingdom.

The Welcome speech was delivered by Dr. Aiman A. Magrabi, General Director of ELA- UBT followed by a plenary by Dr. Hussian Al-Salahi from KAU on English Literacy Refined.

There were 15 workshops and lectures respectively, commencing at 9:20 am and finishing at 2;30 pm. Workshop presenters included Dr. Catherine Roy from King Abdul Aziz University; Ms. Karen Palmer and Ms. Ghada ElKoussy from Dar Al-Hekmah. Ms. Warqa Hamiddin from UBT gave a workshop entitled Don’t be Outdated Be Updated  and many more.

Ms. Asma Hakami also from UBT presented an amazing interactive workshop on Teaching Vocabulary Through Drawings and Storytelling.

A very energetic and enthusiastic workshop entitled, Flashcards as an Engaging Tool in the EFL Classroom was thoroughly applauded. It was presented by Ms. Bushra Latif, ESL instructor from the King Abdul Aziz University- ELI, Head Master Trainer at Master English Training and one of the KSAALT’s enthusiastic organising members.

Presenters and attendees had the facility of tea, coffee and snacks early morning and a sandwich lunch break before closing. UBT volunteers made sure of the smooth commotion of guests, presenters and attendees through the campus.

At 2:30 Presenters were given a tour of the whole campus and its exceptional facilities as a complimentary gesture.

KSAALT TESOL (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers), a non-profit professional service organisation for English language teachers, created in 2006 with a handful of dedicated educators who had a desire to serve, educate, and connect English language teachers in Saudi Arabia through professional development.

KSAALT became an affiliate of TESOL International in 2007, an associate of IATEFL in 2010, and an affiliate of TESOL Arabia in 2015.

KSAALT’s upcoming event is entitled:  A Teacher’s Retreat: Professional Development Day at Dar Al Hekmah University – Jeddah. It will be held on Saturday, March 25th at Dar Al-Hekmah Campus, Jeddah from 8:00 to 1:00.

Register online:  https://www.research.net/r/KSAALT-DAH-March

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