The 3rd TESOL Annual International Conference Under the Title (Inside the Classroom)

TESOL SUDAN is Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Sudan which is abbreviated TESOL Sudan. The association shall be an affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), an international professional organization for those concerned with the teaching of English as Other language. Now TESOL Sudan is working in collaboration with TESOL Arabia Testing, Assessment & Evaluation Special Interest Group.
TESOL Sudan is a professional, non-profit organization whose purposes are to:

* Work cooperatively toward the improvement of instruction which seeks to provide students with an opportunity to acquire English language skills and proficiency.
* Provides opportunities for study, research and professional development.
* Encourage professional development, participation and leadership at the local and international levels.

    TESOL Sudan was established in 2009 as a non-profit professional organization for teachers of English in Sudan. It is run by seven volunteers as board members who are elected bi-annually. TESOL Sudan is based in Khartoum and funded by membership fees, donations, and sponsorships. So its success depends upon the initiative of sponsors and donors interested in teaching and/or learning the English language to share their vision for the field, stay informed on trends and concerns, inform others, and generate interest and collaboration among TESOL Sudan members.
It is like other TESOLs round the world such as TESOL Arabia, TESOL Asia…., as well as the main Organization TESOL International. Last Thursday 13th of current December, TESOL Sudan has launched its 3rd annual International Conference under the title "In the Classroom".  The Conference was organized in coordination with Sudan University for Science and Technology and the British Council. The conference concluded a lot of valuable sessions by plenary speakers and many workshops which reached 32 lectures and workshops through three days 13-14-15 Dec. The sessions were shown on three Halls in Sudan University for Science and Technology- Languages College.

In his session and workshop “It is Bigger than Music and movie, Teaching English through Media”, Dr. Awad Ibrahim aimed that his session is to offer concrete and possible ways to teach media in English as second/foreign language classroom context. He explored what people are actually doing in their current classrooms in terms of using media and think collectively how to use it. There is no one-way, there are multiple ways, so bring your own! He also explain the motive of education of using materials to teach students as he clams that the best if not the only way teaching learners is Hip-Hop= to begin your class with music. He urged that this method is not only media of entertainment but also extremely significant pedagogical tools that can enhance our English language teaching and learning.


Dr. M. O. Kambal Al-Mughtaribeen
Dr. M. O. Kambal Al-Mughtaribeen

Awad Ibrahim a Sudanese nationality is a Professor at University of Ottawa. Canada. He is a Curriculum Theorist with special interest in applied linguistics, cultural studies, Hip-Hop, youth and black popular culture, social foundations(i.e. philosophy, history and sociology of education) he has ongoing projects in Sudan, Morocco and USA. It includes ethnography of two inner city high schools in Ottawa and a project on the daily struggle of becoming citizen in Canada. His book The Rhizome of Blackness: A critical ethnography of Hip-Hop culture, language, identity and the politics of becoming is to be published by University of Toronto Press (2013)and the education of African Canadian youth (with ail abdi,2013) he made than more 150 conference presentations and has more than 70 published papers.
   The Ambassador of The USA to Sudan Joseph D. Stafford has visited the Conference on Thursday morning accompanied by a delegation from the embassy. He said that he will continue support TESOL Sudan as well as education in Sudan. He added that he facilitate educational exchange between Sudan and USA. He promised to help TESOL with providing ACCESS Program. Emma Marwood, deputy public affair officer at US Embassy in Sudan also promised that all activities such as video conferences will be resumed. 

    In the Conference, Dr. Joseph Mallia British council, Sudan – Sudan University of science and technology Khartoum Sudan has presented a questionnaire for urban-based middle- class Sudanese learners of English explored their perceptions of the teacher's approach on errors corrections of written work and their preferences.
This cohort of learners clearly favors the detailed correction of their errors, large and small, particularly of grammar, lexis and spelling, and appreciated explicit written suggestions and corrections.
Dr. Mallia holds his PhD in optimizing English acquisition strategies for Arab Learners as he is a postgraduate lecturer in Khartoum.

   Dr. Azadeh Nemati : Islamic Azad University ,Jahrom, Iran.
In her presentation A bird's –eye view on teachers' perceptions of TBLT reported that the findings of a survey study are showing that teachers understanding of TBLT was low. The main reasons of applying task-based were promoting academic progress, giving intrinsic motivation and creating collaborative environment. Lack of proficiency and littlie knowledge were reasons that teachers avoid TBLT.
Dr. Azadeh Nemati is an assistant professor in Iran and the editor –in chief of some international journals. She has already published books and articles. In 2010 she was selected as a distinguished researcher.

Tesol president with ambassador
Tesol president with ambassador

Prof. John swales explained in his presentation "Graduate students and junior academic in a changed world: implication for EAP" that traditional NS-NNS distinctions is disappearing, being replaced by gaps between junior and senior scholars and between research centers and research peripheries. At the same time, published in English –language international journals is spreading as the main route to promotion. In his talk, he discussed these trends, illustrating the change with vignettes from his own ''peripheral" past in the Middle East. Then the focus turn to what might be done today to further develop research paper writing skills in our students. Issues that arise include taking students "behind the scenes", training them as genre analysts, assisting them to make better use of resources such as Google Scholar. Prof. John Swales is Professor Emeritus of linguistic at the University of Michigan, where he was also Director of the ELI from 1985 to 2001. His latest book-length publication (with Chris Feak) is the third edition of "Academic Writing for Graduate Students". An important earlier episode in his long career was the dive years. He spent at the University of Khartoum in the 1970s.

   Dr. Holi Holi a lecturer at Rustaq College, Oman also presented a paper about Graduate attributes Dilemma in Sudanese Tertiary Institutions, he claims the attemts of his paper to create an awareness of the importance of teaching generic skills and provides practical insights for solving this problem.

    Under the title "The Pedagogical Implications of EFL Learner Motivation", Dr. Fatima Zein has shown that the classroom motivation is important as an influential aspect as it contributes to successful language acquisition. Therefore, it is considered as the essence of successful classroom academic achievement. Her paper was made to investigate EFL learner motivation and its pedagogical implications and applications.
Dr. Fatma Zein is an Assistant Professor at Salman bin Abdul Aziz University and published in national and international journals. Her interest lies in Semantics, Pragmatics, Socio-linguistics and Applied linguistics.
Rasha Albashir, an English Language lecturer at Sudan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Education and the Executive Secretary of TESOL Sudan. She presented a paper on rising and sustaining motivation inside the classroom.
    On Friday, the second day of the Conference, There were also a lot of valuable sessions. The first was at 09:30 am. By Nazik Elrayah. She is TOKTEN Project manager in Sudan. She explained that TOKTEN is a project of Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals. It is one of the United Nations Development Program. The project starts in 2006 and focuses on capacity development of human resources at the national institutions, government and non-government sectors. The project also works towards reducing the impact of "brain drain" through sharing the latest knowledge and technology. The project support experts with specific allowances which helps the performance of institutions via Sudanese Experts in Diaspora.


TESOL Conference
TESOL Conference

Dr. Ishraga Bashir the President of TESOL Sudan is an associate Prof. of English Language at Al-Neelain University. Sudan. She presented a session in the Conference about "Designing an Effective Tertiary Level Foundational Program". She declared that the presentation was designed for the students at Sudan International University with a course that meets their needs and level. The course adopts the task-based and thematical approaches using a set of materials to reflect an eclectic approach.

 Under the title ‘Do Two Wrongs Make a Write?’ Anthony Solloway, a British citizen and teaches academic writing at UAE University said that the long-standing debate on the effectiveness of corrections to students’ written work continues to rage. In his workshop, he summarizes the vital aspects of this contentious topic and, by introducing insights into the issue gleaned from observations conducted in Oman and the UAE, places the question in a broader, Arabic L1 context.
 At Friday night, Professor Avram Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology has focused on his paper “Language: Its Acquisition and Power” on how language is acquired as well as shed lights on the crucial role of language in empowering its speaker. He also stated that the group that is politically and economically strong seems to have an advantage over powered or weaker groups in their communities and therefore impose their language as the official language. Finally, in an answer to whether he still believes in his theories of Universal Grammar and Transformational Generative Grammar, he said: “The time has changed and the developments have emerged together with new theories of language learning and teaching however they were valid at those times he cannot claim that today”.
     Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic, and activist. He is an Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years. In addition to his work in linguistics, he has written on war, politics, and mass media, and is the author of over 100 books. According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992, and was the eighth most cited source overall. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and he was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll. Chomsky has been described as the "father of modern linguistics" and a major figure of analytic philosophy. His work has influenced fields such as computer science, mathematics, and psychology. He is credited as the creator or co-creator of the Chomsky hierarchy, the universal grammar theory, and the Chomsky–Schützenberger theorem.
After the publication of his first books on linguistics, Chomsky became a prominent critic of the Vietnam War, and since then has continued to publish books of political criticism. He has become well known for his critiques of U.S. foreign policy, state capitalism and the mainstream news media. His media criticism has included Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), co-written with Edward S. Herman, an analysis articulating the propaganda model theory for examining the media. He describes his views as "fairly traditional anarchist ones, with origins in the Enlightenment and classical liberalism", and often identifies with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.
On Satarday15th of December, the last day of the Conference, Dr. M. O. Kambal, Almughtaribeen University-Sudan has presented his paper on “Teaching English Literature to Sudanese University Students. He declared that the value of English literature to non-native speakers has, for years, now been recognized by educationalists, teachers and students. A clear distinction has also been maintained between teaching literature and studying it. He recorded his experience in teaching English literature to Sudanese University Students.
Other session by ‘Hanaa Khamis from The American University in Cairo,’ and ‘Gabr Ahmed Nile Egyptian Schools, Cairo’ have presented reports and findings of a pilot study exploring assessment for learning practices in two model reform schools in Egypt. A group of Grade 7 English teachers from one school was the control group provided with limited guidance. Another experimental group was provided with a more structured assessment plan.
A paper under the title “Doing Teacher Education: Implications for the Classroom” presented by Dr. Aymen Elsheikh, Qatar University claimed that preparing effective EFL teachers is a perennial and hotly debated issue in language teacher education. The debates have focused on the importance of theory and/or practice and were theoretical in nature. He reports on an empirical study that takes the debate beyond the conventional discussions over theory and practice. Aymen has Ph.D. from Indiana University and the vice President of TESOL Sudan.
Dr. Barbara Dennis , Indiana University presented plenary session via Satellite about ‘The Truth be Told: Qualitative Approaches to the Study of Language Education’ She talked about how our naturalistic conceptions of truth come into play when we conduct narrative and other forms of qualitative inquiry in the study of teaching English to Speakers of other languages. Also she illustrates these naturalistic conceptions of truth through an examination of a qualitative dissertation exploring the identities of non-native teachers of English in Sudan.
Dr. Cristine Coombe, The founder and President of TESOL Arabia and Measurements supervisor at UAE University has presented paper “Where Do I Go from here?
She added that success does not usually happen accidentally. It happens with a well-conceived plan. She also focused on developing own personal and professional strategic plan which will enable us to make positive decisions that affect our life. She lived and worked in the Arabian Gulf for the past 20 years. During that she has won many awards including TOFEL Fellowship for research in Second/foreign Language Assessment.

By Mohammad Awad M. Jadallah, 17/12/2012