TESOL 2010 with David Nunan and Kaithi Bailey
Mar 15th, 2010 by Fiodhna

As a result of winning the inaugural Sheikh Nayahan Doctoral Scholarship that aims to promote the application of research on teaching and learning English in the Arab world, Fiodhna was an invited speaker at the TESOL Arabia 2010 Conference Colloquium, co-presenting with renouned international researchers and ledgendary authors – Dr. Kathy Bailey and Dr. David Nunan.As board trustees with The International Research Foundation (TIRF), they were part of the team who were tasked with awarding Fiodhna’s fellowship for original empirical research.

As keynote plenary speakers at the conference, the colloquium was introduced by Kaithi Bailey, giving an overview of the aims and goals of The International Research Foundation (TIRF). Fiodhna spoke about the findings of her thesis and entitled the presentation: “We taught them about teaching – but what did they learn – A UAE Case”. Lastly, David Nunan spoke about research in the Arab world.

Fiodhna’s presentation received extremely positive feedback, with many enquiries, an interview with a student teacher and collaborative research requests. Fiodhna also had professional conversations with featured speakers and authors including Andrew Wright, Hugh Derllar and Gavin Dudeney. Other featured international speakers included Jermey Harmer and Michael McCarthy.

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