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TESOL Unplugged: Back to Basics, a TESOL Symposium in Cairo, Egypt

  • Date: 27 January 2014
  • Location: Cairo, Egypt

A TESOL Symposium in Cairo, Egypt

Let’s welcome 2014 together!

TESOL International Association is assembling a community of like-minded ELT professionals to talk about ways we can all unplug from classroom technology. TESOL is pleased to announce that this event is being organized in partnership with Nile TESOL and The American University in Cairo.


Monday, 27 January 2014

Note: This TESOL symposium will precede the 2014 Nile TESOL Conference, which will take place 28 - 29 January 2014.


7:30 am–9:00 am    
9:00 am–10:00 am  Welcome and Opening Speakers
10:00 am–10:15 am
10:15 am–12:15 am  Session overviews: Topic Précis
12:15 pm–1:30 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm–3:00 pm   
 Concurrent Sessions: 1 
3:00 pm–3:30 pm  Break
3:30 pm–5:00 pm   
 Concurrent Sessions: 2



The American University in Cairo, New Cairo Campus
Cairo, Egypt

Program Overview

This symposium will discuss the tension between media- and technology-rich classroom environments and building on emergent language in a "natural" environment.

This discussion is especially appropriate in the Egyptian context, where many teachers operate in environments with few resources, large classes, and competing demands of students (jobs, families, etc.). It is also relevant in the broader debate about whether an approach focusing on emergent language with few classroom materials can work in a context like Egypt, where students might have more specific needs and expectations.

Who Should Attend?

ELT professionals who

  • want to know more about getting unplugged from classroom technology
  • want to know more about getting plugged in to classroom technology
  • understand the tech-boom and want to be involved

Presenters & Session Titles

Ola Hafez, Professor, English Department, Cairo University, Egypt
Beyond textbook slavery! Teachers and students as resources in the EFL classroom 
Deborah Healey, University of Oregon, Linguistics Department, American English Institute, Eugene, OR, USA
Motivating with Graphic Novels
Adrian Holliday, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Head of The Graduate School, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK
Recognizing what English language students bring to the classroom: culture, autonomy and authenticity
Waleed Nureldeen, English Instructor, Menoufiya University, Egypt
(Mis)construing Dogme: What can(not) Teaching Unplugged offer to ELT in Egypt?
Radmila Popovic, Education Specialist (TESOL) for World Learning, Washington DC, USA
TESOL in low-resource contexts: the basics and beyond
Kassim Ali Shaaban, Professor of Applied Linguistics, English Department, American University of Beirut,  Lebanon
Back to Basics:  Cooperative Learning Team Work for Authentic Communication in the ESL/EFL Classroom

Registration and Fees 

Local Conference Package: Registration for residents of Egypt to both the TESOL Symposium and 2014 Nile TESOL Conference.

Local Symposium Only:
 Registration for residents of Egypt for the TESOL Symposium only.

International Conference Package:
Registration for non-residents of Egypt to both the TESOL Symposium and 2014 Nile TESOL Conference.

International Symposium Only:
Registration for non-residents of Egypt for the TESOL Symposium only.

 Registration Type     US$ 
Local Conference Package      100.00   14.30
Local Symposium Only
    50.00     7.15
International Conference Package   
 500.00    71.67
International Symposium Only
 200.00    28.64

Note: All fees will be collected on-site in Cairo. To register for this event, please visit Nile TESOL's webpage.