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Abeer Ali Okaz

Videos & Podcasts

Videos & Podcasts

Overcoming the Fear of Technology. Abeer Ali Okaz, HLT Digital 2023.

Supporting Learning in the Classroom. Abeer Ali Okaz, HLT Digital 2023.

What Humanism Means to Me. Abeer Ali Okaz, HLT Digital 2023.

Young Teachers and Humanistic Approaches. Abeer Ali Okaz, HLT Digital 2023.

British Council. 2023. Professional Development is as Easy as ABC.

Teaching House. 2022. TH Presents Abeer Okaz: Creating a Standout Teacher Profile.

IH London Future of Training Online Conference. 2021. Panel Speaker Presentation.

ELTed Online - December 2021. Padlet: What Can it Do?

ELTed Summer Webinar. 2020. Lost in the Digital World.

2023. British Council World Teachers' Day. Professional Development is as Easy as ABC

2022. International House Cairo. What if I Fail One of My LSA Assignments in DELTA Module Two? IH Cairo Live session

2022. International House Cairo. What’s Special about DELTA with IH Cairo?

Other videos

2020. ELT Ireland. Lost in the Digital World. ELTed Summer Webinar. May. (source)

2021. Cambridge English Teaching Awards (CETA) Symposium. Challenges Before and After a CELTA Course.

2023. English Without Borders Network Tajikistan. Promoting Learners’ Agency. (source)

2023. Eaquals Plurilingual Webinar Series. T for Writing. (source)


2019. IATEFL Hungary Conference. The Digital Teacher.

2020. ELT Ireland. Lost in the Digital World. ELTed Summer Webinar. May. (source)

2020. MERI College's Online Faculty Development Program. India. Steering Directions Part I.

2020. ELT Management panel as part of NILE’s Insight.

2020. ELT Ireland and ELT Summer Talk. Lost in the Digital World.

2021. The Cambridge English Teaching Awards Symposium. CELTA Before and After.

2021. IH London. A Journey Through Time.

2021. IH Kiev. Challenges Facing CELTA Trainees After the Course.

2021. 4th International Conference on Advanced Research in Teaching and Education (ICATE). Budapest. Reshaping and Rebuilding the Face of ELT: The New Norm.

2021. IATEFL LAMSIG Festival of Ideas. Steering Directions Part II.

2021. ELT 7th Annual Online Conference. Padlet: Your Magic Wand.

2022. 55th IATEFL Conference. Support That Can Work All Ways.

2023. Eaquals. T for Writing. Eaquals Webinar Series.

2023. British Council. Professional Development as Easy as ABC. World Teachers’ Day.

2023. IH Kiev. Promoting Learner’s Agency. IH Kiev Teacher Training Day

2023. English UK ELT Conference. Post Teaching Practice Feedback.

Abeer Ali Okaz

Recommended books

The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher’s Course.

Marianne Celce-Murcia and Diane Larsen-Freeman.

1999, Boston, MA: Heinle and Heinle. (source)

Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.

Marianne Celce-Murcia.

2001, Boston, MA: Heinle and Heinle. (source)

How Languages are Learned.

Patsy M. Lightbown and Nina Spada.

2006, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (source)

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Carol S. Dweck.

2007, New York, NY: Random House. (source)

Second Language Acquisition.

Susan M Gass and Larry Selinker.

2008, London: Routledge. (source)

Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching.

Diane Larsen-Freeman.

2011, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (source)

Education Assessment of Students.

Anthony Nitko and Susan Brookhart.

2011, London: Pearson. (source)

On Managing People.

Various authors.

2011, Brighton, MA: Harvard Business Review. (source)

On Leadership.

Various authors.

2011, Brighton, MA: Harvard Business Review. (source)

Place in HLT

Long before the dramatic impact of Covid-19, Abeer had already been advocating for the integration of ICT tools and more traditional teaching approaches, moving towards blended forms of teaching and learning. As she puts it, “Technology supports differentiation” (source), as it can engender different expressive channels for students, through tools such as blogs or forums. It also allows for self-paced learning, thereby encouraging independence and autonomy for the student, who is given a degree of control in the pedagogic process.

Abeer feels that the use of ICT resources such as Padlet tends to motivate students and stimulate high levels of interaction, thus generating more collaboration and the consequent development of higher-level thinking skills. She recognises that students already use online platforms and resources outside the classroom and that this has significantly impacted on how they communicate, interact and learn in their everyday lives. In her view, teaching should adjust to these changes in students’ communication choices, relational modes, attention span and memory retention dynamics.

Acknowledging the challenges this might pose for teachers, in her talk, A Journey Through Time (2021), Abeer outlined how staff at Pharos University had to quickly adapt their practice at the start of the pandemic, reassessing teaching systems and training programmes. As she describes, the confidence gap in the use of technology among staff became a platform for collaboration and idea-sharing among teachers and administrative staff alike, thus generating the kind of engaged collective learning that is encouraged in language teaching. These dynamics simultaneously encouraged staff to become more responsible for their own learning and training, recalling the empowered learning processes fostered in humanistic teaching. For Abeer, the conscientious use of ICT tools therefore has much to offer in any language teaching approach that promotes self-determination, self-motivation and collaborative learning, and she believes that technology, in its blended form, is “here to stay”.

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