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Inside the Saudi Preparatory Year English Program: The Future and Beyond
Conference Poster

Dates: 12th and 13th April, 2011
Location: Meridien Hotel, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Background to the conference
English language preparatory year programmes in the Government universities of Saudi Arabia are now a fact of life – but have they yet come of age? Different universities have been running different programmes for different periods of time, and with varying degrees of success. It is the purpose of this conference to draw together, under one roof, the stakeholders, academics and teachers in these programmes to exchange experiences, challenge current practice, discuss best practice and suggest future direction. It is hoped that the papers presented, by both international speakers and national academics will inform, challenge, and prove to be a catalyst for development in the English Language Centres in the Kingdom.

1. Submission of abstracts or papers

The call for papers is now closed

Important dates

Date of Conference: 12th and 13th April 2011
Call for Papers opens: November 1st
Second Call for Papers closes: February  12th
Proposal submitters notified: February 16th
Biodata of successful presenters submitted: February 23rd

2. Programme
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3. Conference Venue
Le Meridien Hotel, Madinah

4. Registration
The conference is being held free of charge and is open to all. However, it would help us in our logistics planning if conference participants register. If you are planning on coming to the conference please click on the link below, enabling you to register.
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5. Workshops
A number of workshops will be held on the sidelines of the conference.
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6. About Madinah
Madinah is in the western province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Madinah, which lies 447 kilometers north of the Holy City of Makkah, is the second major city in Islam. It was to Madinah that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his followers departed in 622 CE when faced by the hostility and persecution of the Makkans. The citizens of Madinah believed in the Prophet and asked him to lead them. Madinah is the city of the Prophet. As the place in which the Holy Qur'an, as it was revealed from Allah, was compiled, and from which the Prophet's companions administered the affairs of the Muslim community, it was the seat of the first Islamic state.

• Hotel Elaf Taibah
• The Madina Oberoi
• Madinah Hilton Hotel
• Intercontinental Hotel Dar Al Hijra Madinah
• Dar Al Taqwa
• Mövenpick Hotel Anwar Al Madinah
• Radisson Blu Hotel Al Muna Kareem Al Madinah
• Ramada Madinah Al Hamra Hotel
• Green Palace Hotel
• Madinah Marriott Hotel
• Al Karam Hotel
• Le Meridien Medina - suitable for non-Muslims

7. Plenary and Featured Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Michael McCarthy

Prof. Michael McCarthy has served on the faculties of the University of Nottingham (UK), Pennsylvania State University (USA), and the University of Limerick (Ireland). He has authored numerous books, including Vocabulary (1990), Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers (1991) Spoken Language and Applied linguistics (1998) and Issues in Applied Linguistics (2001). He is the co-author of many others including Exploring Spoken English (1997) and the Cambridge Grammar of English (2006). Articles written by Prof. McCarthy can be found in numerous journals, including: Journal of Pragmatics, Language Teaching, TESOL Quarterly, ELTJ, Applied Linguistics, and Annual Review of Applied Linguistics. In addition to his work in numerous corpus-based projects, he is the editor of the newly launched ‘English Profile Journal’.

Dr Terence Odlin

Dr. Terence Odlin
Associate Professor
Ohio State University, USA

Dr Odlin is the author of a seminal text on language transfer: Language Transfer: Cross-linguistic Influence in Language Learning CUP, 1989 (now in its 6th printing),is editor of Perspectives on Pedagogical Grammar, CUP, 1994., and joint editor (with ZhaoHong Han) of Studies of Fossilization in Second Language Acquisition (Multilingual Matters, 2006). He has also published articles in many journals, including: Annual Review of Applied Linguistics , Language Awareness, English World-Wide, IRAL: International Review of Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, and Modern Language Journal.

Dr Simon Borg

Dr Simon Borg
Professor of TESOL
University of Leeds

Dr Simon Borg is Professor of TESOL at the School of Education. He has extensive international experience as a teacher, teacher educator, lecturer and researcher and specializes in language teaching cognition, grammar teaching, research methods, and teacher research. He has published widely in these areas, including the book Teacher cognition and language education (2006) and a number of key articles in leading applied linguistics journals.

Prof. Mohammed Farghal

Kuwait University
Mohammed Farghal is Professor of Linguistics and Translation in the Department of English at Kuwait University (Formerly of Yarmouk University, Jordan). He is widely respected for his work in pragmatics, and he has published in numerous journals , including the following: Anthropological Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, IRAL, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, International Journal of the Sociology of Language and Journal of Intercultural Communication.

Featured Speakers
Dr Khalid Al-Ali

Director, Foundation Year

Qatar University

Dr. Khalid Abdulla Al-Ali is the Director of Foundation Program Qatar University and specializes in the area of Human Genetics.  He has previously worked as the Head of Health Sciences Department and the Vice Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.  He was Head of the Health & Environment Research Unit of the Scientific & Applied Research Center (SARC) in Qatar.  He established the first Cytogenetics Laboratory at the Hamad Medical Corporation (Qatar) and has several publications to his name in the fields of Cytogenetics and Bioethics. He is currently a member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Science Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) and the Arab Committee for Science and Biotechnology Ethics.  Dr. Al-Ali is a member of the Board of Directors for the Qatar Cancer Society and he also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Arabian Gulf University of Bahrain until December, 2010.  He chairs two IRB (Institutional Review Board) Committees; one at the Qatar University and the other at Shafallah Medical Genetic Center of Qatar.

 Mr Richard Harrison

 Head of Foundation Year

German University of Technology, Oman

 Richard Harrison is the Head of the Foundation Programme and Coordinator for Academic English at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). He has been involved in ELT for more than 30 years as an author, teacher and teacher trainer. He studied for his BSc at King’s College London, and later at Manchester University and Reading University, where he obtained his MA in Applied Linguistics. His numerous ELT publications include ‘Keep Writing’, ‘English Please’, ‘Upgrade’ and ‘New Headway Academic Skills ‘.  He has also been involved in writing schools’ courses for Jordan and Libya. In addition to Oman, Richard has worked in several other countries in the region including Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. For three years he was the British Council’s ESP Consultant for Russia, based in Moscow. He has been working in Muscat, Oman since 2007.

Prof. Cameron Richards




University of Technology, Malaysia

 Professor Cameron Richards is currently based in the Perdana School of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy on the international campus of the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM). He has an interdisciplinary set of research and teaching interests which include the cross-cultural challenges of academic research and writing in English. In the 1990s he was located in the School of Language and Literacy Education at the Queensland University of Technology. Here he taught various courses in English education including ESL subjects, and his research concentrated on the link between language and knowledge-building as well as the emergence of ‘new literacies’ related to internet technologies especially. Since then he has worked extensively in Asia. This includes past positions at the Singapore National Institute of Education (NTU) and the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIED) where his work was centrally linked to across-the-curriculum contexts of ESL teaching and learning.  Amongst his other activities, he is currently working on a project which aims to improve  by converging the teaching and learning of both ‘academic English’ and ‘research design and methodology’ in higher education ESL contexts.

Mr. Terry Phillips

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 Terry Phillips has worked in ELT for more than 35 years as a teacher, teaching supervisor, manager and language school owner.  As a consultant, he has worked in more than 20 countries in all parts of the world, advising state and private universities and language institutions on all aspects of educational management. For the last 15 years, he has been a full time freelance writer with his wife Anna, producing more than 160 published books in ELT. Although he and Anna have worked for all the major publishers, all recent works have been for Garnet Education, including the multi-level EAP course, Skills in English. The course was highly commended in The Duke of Edinburgh’s English Speaking Union (ESU) Award for 2004. It is taught in over 80 universities in the UK and around the world. Terry is also the originator and series editor of the new English for Specific Academic Purposes series for Garnet, which aims to prepare students to entry into a particular faculty for English medium tertiary education. This series won the ESU award for 2009.

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