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My wife and I decided that we would attend the TESOL Arabia meetings last month.  It was over 6,000 km of driving and two weeks of our hard earned vacation, but we also got to see Dubai and Oman for the first time.

Arriving in Dubai we had an impressive view (in the dark) of this very modern and very clean city. I took this photo two days later.

We missed the first day of TESOL because the people responsible for getting our exit visas took five days getting our papers so we could leave Saudi Arabia.  I won't criticize the country about requiring exit visas, but someone taking too long cost me a full day of pre-meeting events and more than 2,000 km of driving around the clock to make it when we did.



Why do English teachers need to go to meetings?  There are two reasons that are most important to me.  These are:

1. the opportunity to hear papers read by other teachers who are experts and

2. the chance to see the latest books and materials for teaching.

This is one of the meeting halls where we heard about research on how students use electronic media and the best approaches for using modern technology in the classroom.  There were other papers being given at the same time so this hall is not as crowded as I expected.

The presenter of this paper had come to Dubai from England.

Maybe my favorite part was the exhibit hall with row after row of exhibits from publishers and educational programs.

I got to meet the representatives for Oxford University Press, Cambridge Press, National Geographic educational resources and many others.  I loved looking at all the books.

There were books for every kind of English need I could imagine, like airplane flight crew, oil and gas workers, auto mechanics, hotel workers, hospital workers and almost anything else that may require English.

The city was nice to see too.

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Comment by SAMA on August 1, 2013 at 9:13

Oh, pleasure to have tou in Oman. I wish that I'll be a guest in my house.

Comment by Mr. Bob on April 13, 2013 at 10:53

I haven't been following IATEFL closely this year, but wish I could have made it.  I have spent my free time thinking a lot and collecting together all the blog topics I want to complete.

I worked on one of these I hope to publish after work today on ESP. I can't connect to the server with your link for some reason.  I tried at home and later just as I was leaving work.  Server problem or something...

Comment by Tara Benwell on April 12, 2013 at 19:04

Thanks for sharing, Bob! I love how you explained this example of professional development to the learners here.  I was at TESOL in Dallas last month. I met a teacher at the airport who had planned on going to Dubai for TESOL, but realized when he tried to leave that he didn't have the proper paperwork. Here is my TESOL reflection from this year. Have you been following IATEFL online this week?

Comment by Mr. Bob on April 12, 2013 at 13:09

Thank you for the comments.  So many books does make for an exciting time.

Comment by noaslpls on April 11, 2013 at 5:22


Comment by Mohyie on April 11, 2013 at 1:10

It could be a good opportunity to know new approaches and methodologies of Teaching. Plus, Books Gallery Show absolutely is a wonderful moment to sail over the horizon of ideas. Exchanging experiences between Teachers and Experts is another side of this occassion. I hope i would be there. It really deserves to cross long road for attend.

Thanks Mr.Bob for sharing your journey with us.

Comment by Expector Smith on April 10, 2013 at 23:50

I would have enjoyed all the English books there, too!

I should have imagined how beautiful the city is, by the way - I heard there is a 7-star hotel!

I wonder how they have successfully dealt with all the sand.

Comment by Esma on April 10, 2013 at 19:24

That's so nice!

I like all your blogs, they are interesting :)

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