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21st November

13:00 - Al Majliss area - 5th Floor

13:30 - Al Majliss Area
Welcome Lunch

14:30 - 16:00 - Al Nojoom Ballroom
Welcome and Opening Plenary - Speaker: Donald Freeman

Four data puzzles and some thoughts about
what they mean for education and ELT

This talk will use four data puzzles to look at changes in education. Each of these data puzzles is perplexing because it seems to contradict to what we think 'should be' happening. The puzzles are about how the social environment relates to learning English in school, and how learners take control of their learning, how new tools are (re)shaping teaching, which lead to the main puzzle-- rethinking the policy and teaching goals of ELT in the classroom. The data about these four issues hold seeds of fundamental puzzles about education, and about ELT and teacher education in particular. Together, they serve as a jumping-off point to examine pressing perspectives that are (re)shaping ELT.

16:00 - 16:30 - Al Nojoom Ballroom Foyer
Break and Refreshments

16:30 - 17:15 - Al Nojoom Ballroom
Speaker: Lewis Lansford

Gaps and bridges: connecting education and learner needs
Most English learners today study the language in order to do something with it – use it in a job, continue their education, or gain access to wide world English-language material available on the internet. The job of everyone who works in the field of English language teaching (ELT) is to build bridges that help learners cross the gap between their current level of English, and the level they hope or need to attain. This talk will discuss some of the challenges that learners and ELT professionals have always faced, and look at some new challenges brought on by current trends in the field – and in the wider world.

19:00 - 21:00 - Beachside
Welcome Mocktail and Dinner


22nd November

09:00 - 10:00 - Al Nojoom Ballroom
Speaker: Khalid Alkhudair

Turning obstacles into opportunities, Women employment advancement in Saudi Arabia

10:00 - 10:30 - Al Nojoom Ballroom Foyer

10:30 - 12:00 - Al Nojoom Ballroom
Panel Discussion

Challenges of, and solutions to, the gap between education and employment
Panellists include: Khalid AlKhudair, Founder and CEO of Glowork, Laura Luelsdorf, Boston Consulting Group, Maysa Jalbout – Brookings College

12:15 - Hotel Lobby
Transfer Departures to the Falcon Hospital

13:00 - 14:00 - Falcon Hospital

14:00 - 16:00 - Falcon Hospital
Tour and falcon handling

16:00 - 17:00 - Falcon Hospital
Closing Plenary - Speaker: Constance Adams, Emerging Explorer

International Space Station: Beyond Babel
Over two and a half decades of the development of the International Space Station the partner nations have found new ways to broach ancient barriers of thought. Through the International Space Station program we are setting new precedents in overcoming the barriers of culture and prejudice, along with our transcendence of communication barriers. In order to rise beyond our common planetary mothership we must share our technologies and innovations.

17:00 - Falcon Hospital