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Assessing Vocabulary in the Language Classroom

Vocabulary is an essential building block of language and it makes sense to be able to measure learners’ knowledge and use …


To Stress or not to Stress?

According to Dalton and Seidlhofer, “The smallest domain in which the contrast between
stressed and unstressed syllables surfaces is the word. …


Spelling it out! Accounting for Spelling Difficulties for Arab Learners of English

The irony of this quotation is rich. Teachers of English in the Gulf can be frustrated by the poverty of their …


Bilingual Reading Texts and Vocabulary Proficiency: Practice, Methodology and Linguistic Issues

constitutes a major part of the syllabus for students who will eventually proceed to studies at the undergraduate level. Whatever a …


Creative Writing and Vocabulary Acquisition: A Study of Emirati College Students

Does creative writing improve vocabulary acquisition? A 2009 case study exploring creative writing and Emirati student motivation had one survey question …


Using Microsoft OneNote for Collaborative Vocabulary Notebooks in the Academic English Classroom

New technologies offer new interfaces and visual designs and at times opportunities to explore new pedagogical approaches to familiar learning targets. …


The Impact of Explicitly Teaching Vocabulary on Students’ Vocabulary Learning

Vocabulary is the cornerstone of language learning, but it is an area that is often regarded as not being as …


Measuring the Effectiveness of a Vocabulary Programme

As with most courses preparing students for academic study, the previously existing Higher Foundations English course at Dubai Women’s College included …


Introduction: Emerging Theory and Practice for Adult Arab Learners

The word emerging in the title of this volume indicates that research into vocabulary learning, teaching and assessment is still at …


Foreword

This is the fourth volume in the “Foundations for the Future” General Education series from the HCT Press. Once again, it …


Human interactions and personal space in collaborative virtual environments

As humans start to spend more time in collaborative virtual environments (CVEs) it becomes important to study their interactions in …


Local needs, external requirements: Balancing the needs of a country’s educational system with the requirements of international recognition

The further development of any country and its economy rests on the quality of the educational system to provide quality …


The Use of Mind Mapping to Develop Writing Skills in UAE Schools

This chapter presents the process and findings of a classroom-based action research which was conducted over ten weeks of my …


Beyond the college classroom: Experiences of East Coast B.Ed graduates working in schools

This paper seeks to investigate the experiences and reflections of the first four cohorts of Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) …


Students’ Voices: Excerpts from the final year e-portfolios.

Reflective practice is a key component of teacher education and of teacher professional learning. The production of an electronic portfolio …


Constructive Behavior Management: Connecting teaching practice experience with educational theory

This chapter arose from an in-class activity requiring third year Bachelor of Education students to respond to some open-ended statements. …


A small scale preliminary investigation of HCT student teachers’ perceptions of their mentors

The impetus for this study that led to this chapter came from a desire to improve my own mentoring during …


The Centrality of Teaching Practice in the HCT Bachelor of Education

Teaching Practice (TP) is an integral part of the Bachelor of Education program at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). …


Transforming student teacher practices through action research reflective practice: Call for reform in UAE Education

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently experiencing major reform of its K-12 education. Recent years have seen several major …


Socio-cultural theory and its place in the development of the Teacher Education Program at the Higher Colleges of Technology

Teaching and learning are socially situated activities that include human interactions, and all social interactions exist fundamentally in any educational …