LSC-Kingwood Professor Conducts Workshops in Dubai and Tehran

Dr. Masoud Shafiei, Director of LSC-Kingwood's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program, was invited by Oxford University Press to conduct a workshop in Dubai and a seminar in Tehran, Iran.

Dr. Shafiei authored an academic writing textbook for Oxford University Press.  He traveled to Dubai last March and presented to approximately sixty English faculty at TESOL-Arabia (Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages).  Following that workshop he then went to Tehran where his seminar was attended by fifty English teachers.

The focus of the workshop and seminar was academic writing for English learners.  Dr. Shafiei said, "Specifically, I demonstrated the role that attention theory and noticing play in teaching and learning academic writing."

Participants came from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Fiji, Japan, Korea and other countries.  They included residents of those countries as well as American and British citizens working in those countries.

Dr. Shafiei founded the ESOL program at LSC-Kingwood in 2001.  He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Applied English Linguistics and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction - Instructional Technology from the University of Houston.

ESOL courses are offered in 8 and 16 week formats during the day and in the evening.  These courses are designed to help ESOL students and working professionals enhance their fluency and accuracy in spoken and written English.

Former student Mohamed Elattar comments on his ESL experience, "Now that I am in Composition and Rhetoric I, I realize how helpful the ESL Writing and Grammar course was.  I advise all non-native speakers of English to take advantage of this great ESL program."

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