Kaiser Presents at TESOL Arabia in Dubai, Shares Insight from Webster Athens Proposal

Mar. 14, 2016

Kaiser Presents at TESOL Arabia in Dubai
Kaiser in Dubai at Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

DJ Kaiser, associate professor and coordinator of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), presented March 12 at the 22nd Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Arabia International Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. TESOL Arabia is one of more than one hundred affiliate TESOL organizations.

Kaiser's presentation “Pedagogical Benefits of Shared (T)EFL Videoconference Instruction” covered ongoing and upcoming projects. In discussing ways to use videoconference to deliver high-quality English and English teacher education courses, he presented portions of a proposal he helped develop at the Webster Athens campus designed to provide TESL courses to cohorts of teachers in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia with a combination of face-to-face and video conference courses.

The majority of his presentation focused on Uruguay’s project Ceibal en Inglés, which provides English courses to more than 3,000 primary level public school classrooms and more than 300 secondary level public school classrooms via videoconference from English instructors in Uruguay, Argentina, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. Kaiser spent three weeks in Uruguay in 2015 on a Faculty Research Grant to observe classes and meetings in this groundbreaking project. At the end of this month, Kaiser will return to Uruguay on a Fulbright U.S. Scholars Grant and spend three months traveling the country to conduct case studies on Uruguayan classroom teachers participating in Ceibal en Inglés.

His presentation at TESOL also briefly discussed the project EnglishWorks in Rio de Janeiro, which provides free English classes to adults in new technology centers called Naves do Conhecimento (Knowledge Vessels) in eight of the city’s favelas. After completing his Fulbright research in June, Kaiser will travel from Uruguay to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for three weeks on a Faculty Research Grant to compare Rio’s EnglishWorks to Uruguay’s Ceibal en Inglés.

Kaiser is a member of the international organization Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and currently serves on the organization’s Standards Advisory Committee. TESOL Arabia is one of more than one hundred affiliate TESOL organizations.  Last month Kaiser also presented at AMTESOL (Alabama-Mississippi TESOL) in Orange Beach, Alabama, on “The Tutor in your Pocket: Mobile Assisted Pronunciation Training,” which summarized reviews of thirty iPhone and iPad apps on his blog, djkaiserphd.wordpress.com. Kaiser will also present at another TESOL affiliate, BRAZ-TESOL, in July in Brasilia, Brazil after completing his research in Rio de Janeiro.

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