The 7th Annual ShCT ELT Workshop

Current Trends in ELT : Exploring Possibilities

April 16, 2015
About the workshop
Welcome to the Seventh Annual ShCT ELT Workshop - 2015. This exclusive workshop is one of the regular and valuable sources of professional growth for language teachers in the Colleges of Technology in Oman. The workshop will seize the opportunity to address the needs and issues related to ongoing professional development of language teachers, practitioners and researchers at all levels and contexts. Also, the unique driving force of this year’s workshop is to bring together the ELT fraternity to discuss and share research, theory and best practices and to initiate and sustain a meaningful professional dialogue across language, level and settings.

Workshop Theme
Current Trends in ELT: Exploring Possibilities

The theme of this year’s workshop will highlight the rich diversity of the ever-changing trends in ELT, and the range of contexts in which it is practiced in the Colleges of Technology in Oman. In most of the colleges today, language teachers are expected to keep up to date with developments in the field of ELT according to the ever changing demands of the job market. The teachings of other subjects such as Math, Physics, etc. have by and large remained the same, but coming back to the ELT tradition, it has been subjected to tremendous changes especially throughout the twentieth century. This period has over and over again been referred to as “The Age of Methods” during which a number of quite detailed prescriptions for language teaching were proposed. Again, practitioners of ELT will take charge of the opportunities to try out new practices about many aspects of current trends in ELT.

Workshop Highlights
  • Eminent speakers conducting plenary and featured sessions
  • Two concurrent sessions of workshops
  • Free online registration to choose the workshops / presentations
  • Welcome kit
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Certificate of participation
  • Free Raffle Draw

  • Sub-themes
    Presenters can submit proposals on any one of the following sub-themes or a sub-theme of their choice that relates to the theme of the workshop.

  • Assessment in the 21st Century
  • Management in ELT
  • Approaches to teaching ELT
  • Ethics in ELT
  • Classroom-based / formal language learning
  • Learner / teacher relationships
  • Changing Perspectives in English Language & Learning
  • Collaborative Teaching and Learning
  • Emerging Trends in E-Learning
  • Multimedia Application in Language Teaching
  • Review of Methods and Approaches in ELT
  • Content and Language Integration
  • The Role of Task in Language Teaching
  • Blended Learning in ELT
  • Technology in and out of the classroom
  • Future Directions in ELT
  • Curriculum / planning issues
  • Challenges in ELT
  • Cross-cultural issues in ELT
  • Multilingualism in ELT
  • Trends in Language Teaching and Testing
  • Current issues in Curriculum Development
  • Innovations in ELT and Research
  • Skills Based Learning and Teaching
  • Communicative Competence in ELT
  • CALL Technologies and Teacher’s Responsibilities
  • Changing Classroom Climate
  • Learning and Learner-Centered Teaching
  • The Changing Status of English
  • Integration of IT in ELT

  • Proposal Submission
    General Criteria for Accepting Proposal
    Proposal for individual papers and posters are evaluated by a team of reviewers considering the following categories:

  • Appropriateness and significance of the theme and sub-themes.
  • Expectation of original research.
  • Research design if an empirical study, including clearly stated questions, data, sources, data collection procedures, and analytic approach.
  • Conceptual framework if a conceptual study, including integration of topic into current thinking, clear exposition of treatment of topic.
  • Submitting the proposal adhering to the deadline.

  • Presentation Types and Requirements
    Below is a list of the presentation types and their brief description.

  • Workshop
  • A workshop session is a 40 minutes activity or task-based session followed by 10 minutes for questions. Workshop objectives, procedure or steps should be clearly stated in the proposal.

  • Paper Presentation
  • A paper presentation is a 40 minutes session that is usually interactive and is followed by 10 minutes for questions. Although the presentation can be delivered in the form of a lecture, reading from paper or slides is highly discouraged.

  • Poster
  • A poster contains self-explanatory information on a board or screen in an assigned place, with or without handouts. The poster could contain text, drawings and pictures. It may be on a paper from such as a large paper poster or an electronic form such as one-slide PowerPoint displayed on a computer screen. There are no rules for the size of the poster, but it should generally be big enough to attract the passing audience. The poster session is usually assigned a room for display. There is no designated presentation, or specific audience, but the workshop participants may ask questions or require clarification from the poster presenter.

    Submitting a Proposal Form
    Submission procedures

    For paper presentation and poster proposals, you need to prepare:
  • a title (8 words maximum)
  • an abstract (75 words maximum)
  • a paper summary (150 words maximum)

  • For workshop proposal, you will need to prepare:
  • a title (8 words maximum)
  • an overview of the workshop (100 words maximum)
  • the workshop objectives (70 words maximum)
  • the workshop procedure (150 words maximum)

  • Before completing the proposal form, please note that:
  • All required fields must be completed.
  • Number of words must not exceed the assigned limit.
  • The subject area(s) must be identified.
  • The best proposal in each sub-theme will be given priority.
  • Only one submission per presenter is allowed.
  • A maximum of two presenters per submission is allowed.
  • An abstract with language problems will not be processed

  • The completed proposal form should be submitted electronically to on or before Thursday, March 12, 2015. The acceptance of which will be intimated to the presenter(s) through e-mail by Sunday, March 22, 2015.

    Notice to the presenter(s):
  • We will only process proposals received through our online submission forms.
  • For practical reasons, no justification will be offered for rejected proposal.

  • Workshop Registration Information
    Registration Procedure:
    To register for the workshop, please read the following information carefully before completing and submitting your registration:

  • In completing your registration, please make sure you provide us with the right information and correct spelling of your name. We will use the exact spelling of your name you provided to print your certificate and name badge.
  • If there is any mistake in the spelling of your details, draw the attention of our help desk personnel on the day of the workshop.
  • Please select the workshop you will like to attend.
  • Please avoid multiple registering.
  • Plenary Speaker :
    Head Faculty Academic Support Unit
    Language Center
    Sultan Qaboos University

    James Scully is currently the Head of the Faculty Academic Support Unit in the Language Centre at Sultan Qaboos University. He has worked in schools, colleges and universities in​ the Sultanate of Oman, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Republic of Sudan. He has taught EFL, ESL and EAP, ICT, Psychology, Statistics, video and audio production as well as science fiction film. He is an appropriate technology and open source advocate.
    Featured Speaker :
    Head, General Education Department Modern College of Business Science

    Ahmed Al Matani is currently the Head of the General Education Department at the Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS). He was the Head of General Foundation Program at MCBS. He has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Missouri St. Louis, USA. He has taught ESL, EFL, Critical Thinking, Public Speaking as well as Interpersonal Communication. His areas of expertise are : Accreditation, Applied Linguistics, Assessment/Testing, Technology in Education, Curriculum Development, Higher Education and Intensive English Programs.
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