Issue 2

April 5, 2017

TEFL Qatar News

Training and development opportunities for the local, regional and global English Language Teaching community

Trends in Research:

What does that sentence say?

From the University of California - Riverside

Results of a new study suggest that adult bilinguals are capable of learning and processing a new language similar to native speakers.

The English Language Managed to 'Organise' Itself Out of Chaos For Centuries

by David Nield

Researchers have found that the English language has effectively organised itself for several hundred years, even without any kind of oversight or control from an official body.

The Teaching Professor turns 30!

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, the publishers of The Teaching Professor Newsletter are sharing the first issue that went into print back in 1987. To get your copy, you will need to visit the site and provide your name and email. It is interesting to see how much things have (and have not) changed in the past 30 years!

Conferences & Seminars

Africa TESOL

New Horizons in Language Teaching

The 2nd annual Africa TESOL conference will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from May 12-13, 2017.


IATEFL BESIG 30th Annual Conference

IATEFL BESIG, in cooperation with ReSIG will hold their 2017 annual conference in Salina Bay, Malta from November 10-12, 2017. They are now accepting proposals for the conference.


Practical Ways to Develop Teachers’ Assessment Literacy.

This webinar will review teachers’ assessment literacy needs. Drawing on assessment literacy research and stakeholder feedback, this talk will make focused suggestions for teachers’ ongoing CPD in this area.

April 11, 2017

1700 - 1800 (BST)


Teaching Ideas & Resources

Ninja Words

This website allows learners to look up words, very quickly, like a ninja.

Why Group Work Could Be the Key to English Learner Success

by Katrina Schwartz

SFIHS teachers have found that their students are more motivated to engage with content — and practice English — when they work in groups that include speakers of many different first languages on authentic discussions or problems.

Apps For Education


Slack is a messaging tool that functions like Twitter and can be used to connect teachers and students outside the classroom. Conversations between teachers and students can be organized by using @mentions and #hashtags and these conversations can be public or private.

In the News

Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute

The oxford comma is at the heart of a recent court decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that could cost a dairy company in Portland, Maine, an estimated $10 million.

TEFL Qatar Workshop

Tackling Speaking as a Skill Through Task-Based Learning

by Alex Acuyo, Qatar Aeronautical College

This workshop covers a brief overview of the theory into how task-based learning can be used to enhance learners’ speaking. This will be followed by an interactive group demonstration and finish with a summary of similar practical tasks that teachers can take away and use in their own classrooms.

Saturday, April 29

1030 -1200

Qatar University Foundation Department

Building D05, Room #103


Teacher Profile

Tony Waterman, Qatar Aeronautical College

Teacher Profile

My name is Tony Waterman and I am from the New Forest National Park near Bournemouth, United Kingdom.


I studied languages at school and university and after several years in international banking in the City of London, I got ‘the call’ to start teaching English, so I could work with people and travel the world. My first teaching position was in Finland followed by Spain, Indonesia, the UK, and Brazil. By the time I arrived in Muscat in 1994, I had accrued a certificate from Pilgrims and an RSA Diploma (which is called DELTA these days). I had taught EAP, EBP, EGP and ESP and had become a CAE, CPE and IELTS examiner. I had also been involved in CELTA and DELTA training.


Since starting as a teacher for RAFO, I have delivered in-house training sessions, written 40+ EMP military course books and garnered a Master’s and EdD in TESOL. I am also a regular presenter of workshops and presentations at national, regional and international events. My main focus nowadays is sharing my academic and practical knowledge with my Omani and expatriate colleagues and ELT professionals worldwide. I will deliver a plenary session at the TESOL Arabia SIG in Abu Dhabi next month, and I will attend the British Council conference in Bahrain, too. Meeting professionals from other GCC countries allows for an invigorating exchange of views, practices and potential approaches to current educational challenges.


In my (limited) spare time, I enjoy camping in Oman’s amazing landscapes and being with family and friends. I hope to continue enjoying my professional and personal life here in the Gulf for many years to come.


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