Dr. Muna Muqaibal and Mr. Salim Al Maashani from the English Language Centre at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences – Salalah College of Technology (UTAS-SCT) presented two separate research papers at the Cam-TESOL Conference on English Language Teaching, themed “Actions and Innovations in Teaching and Learning.”
Dubbed as one of the largest and best conferences in Asia, the 17th Annual Cam-TESOL Conference welcomed over 2000 delegates from 50 countries. The Conference offered more than 500 live presentations delivered by prominent international ELT experts, local and international researchers, and English language teachers of various nationalities. The conference was held virtually from February 5 to 7, 2021.
Dr. Muqaibal, ELC lecturer and QA Coordinator, presented a live session on "The Effectiveness of Spaced Practice Using Technology in Learning Vocabulary." Her study highlighted the importance of spacing practice sessions to allow information to be transferred into the long-term memory. In addition, the quantitative and qualitative findings in her study support the use of Quizlet, a vocabulary software programme, which is considered as an effective tool for vocabulary learning and retention.
"It is an honor for me to present my research work at this well-known conference. Presenting at conferences is a great opportunity for researchers and teachers to obtain valuable feedback from a community of scholars and to try out new and best practices in your field," Dr. Muqaibal stated.
Meanwhile, Mr. Al-Maashani, the Head of Section-English Language Programmes (HoS-ELP), presented a paper on "Using Kahoot to Increase the Engagement in Foundation Program." His presentation explored the effectiveness of using educational software such as Kahoot with the foundation students at SCT. The software was added to the Moodle or E-Learning platform to teach vocabulary.
According to Mr. Al-Maashani, using this program broke the culture barrier that many girls and boys suffered from while studying together for the first time in the Foundation Programme. He further said that using this tool gave support to struggling learners.
"Kahoot was more engaging than the basic-functionality of Moodle activities. Besides, teachers noticed that a greater number of students started attending computer lab hours when the teacher incorporated Kahoot activities,” he disclosed.