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Wednesday, August 12 • 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Online Community of Practice is the Solution: The Case of EFL Teachers in Taif University, Saudi Arabia

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Meeting students’ various learning needs should be the ultimate goal of every English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher all over the world. This is why most of EFL teachers strive to keep abreast of the new trends of knowledge in their fields of teaching. However, it sounds it is not the case in some contexts like Saudi Arabian tertiary context where EFL teachers are not motivated enough to pursue their professional development (PD) because of the many responsibilities they have. These responsibilities include, but not limited to, heavy teaching loads, academic supervision, administrative coordination, and planning and conducting their own researches. Accordingly, EFL tertiary teachers in Saudi context are left with no opportunities to undertake PD programmes inside the walls of their tertiary institutions. Therefore, this presentation reports on a proposed model of training EFL tertiary teachers at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. The proposed model is in the form of online community of practice. The model draws on the utilization of some Web 2.0 applications and programmes such as Facebook, twitter, and blogs. The teachers will be able to share their experiences, thoughts, ideas, and best practices in teaching English to students majored in English at Taif University. The teachers will also have access to and reflect on the materials posted in Facebook, twitter, and blogs. It is hoped this model will be of a considerable benefit to the PD of EFL teachers at the Department of foreign Languages in Taif University. Implications for theory and practice are provided accordingly.

Keywords: EFL, Saudi Arabia, tertiary context, online community of practice, professional development, teacher education

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Naif Althobaiti

Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

Wednesday August 12, 2015 3:00pm - 3:25pm EDT
CGIS Knafel K050 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA