Amjad Kamal Owais, MA

Instructor

Abu Dhabi Campus

+971 2 6133548

amjad.owais@aau.ac.ae

Education

Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. University of Technology Sydney [UTS], Australia (2009)

Bachelor in English Language for Specific Purposes [ESP], Jordan University of Science and Technology [JUST], Jordan (2006)

Research Interests

Global Englishes, Lingusitics, Applied Lingustics, Implications of the global spread of English, English language teaching, Critical applied linguistics, Language, popular culture and identity

Conferences

  • The American Concept of EFL and Its Invisible Visions in the Middle East Region(Available on Worldtesol.com)
  • The main five aspects of Language development. (Available on Worldtesol.com)
  • How is language learnt? ( Available on Worldtesol.com)
  • A research proposal regarding Advantages and disadvantages of native speaker teachers who teach English in United Arab Emirates in the primary schools.
  • The mass media in the age of terrorization. (Available on Worldtesol.com)
  • Language, gender and Feminism. (Available on Worldtesol.com)
  • The Role of Media in Arab Societies (Venue: Zayed University)

Professional Experience

Summary of Skills/Experience

  • Experienced teacher of English with native-like command of the English language
  • Conscientious and highly motivated
  • Strong talent for approaching challenges practically
  • Aptitude for delivering creative and engaging lessons
  • Proven classroom management skills
  • Effective team-player with advanced interpersonal communication skills

Experiences

  • September 2009 till present time English instructor at the English Language Centre (ELC) at Al- Ain University of Science and Technology
  •  January 2015 till present time Head of English Language Centre at Al-Ain University of Science & Technology

 Main Job Responsibilities  

  • Deliver skill-integrated instruction to intermediate/upper intermediate and advanced students.
  • Prepare students for integration into mainstream programs of study by helping them improve their language skills
  • Develop resources and materials to facilitate and improve instruction as well as supplement textbooks.
  • Raise student achievement through planning of differentiated lessons and materials
  • Maintain and utilize assessment records to inform needs-focused planning
  • Actively take part in professional development training  and participate in off-site learning opportunities and weekly departmental professional development
  • Use multiple strategies to enhance curriculum aimed at promoting life skills
  • Monitor student progress and amended/propose curriculum amendment as needed
  • Manage and demonstrate TOEFL ITP & IELTS test with the British Council.
  • Responsible of ELC instructors’ semesters’ schedules and short/ long English courses given at the university.

 Additional Responsibilities

  • A full member of the university Final Exam Committee.
  • Teaching credit courses in Thinking Skills, Ethical Awareness, Effective Communication in English and Research Skills.
  • Founder and co-owner of ELteachers.com, a website designed to be a place where all teachers of English language in the U.A.E. can share their experiences, find English teaching jobs and more!

workshops and professional development events 

Attended a variety of workshops and professional development events related to the following themes:

  • Planning for instruction within standards-based curriculum settings
  • Classroom management strategies for optimal learning
  • Meeting students’ individual needs / differentiated instruction
  • Computer-assisted language learning
  • Developing materials and assessment tools for ESL curricula
  • Content-based language teaching
  • Assessment of learning (formative, summative, alternative assessment)
  • CLIL and its impact on curriculum design, language learning and instruction            

Training Courses & Certificates obtained

  • Intensive conversation course in English Language (Advanced level5th), English Institute, Jordan (21 March- 21 May 2006 )
  • Advanced English level, Academic English for Tertiary Studies Program in EAP III Module, University of Western Sydney College, Australia (21 Nov 2007- 8 Feb 2008)
  • International Computer Driving Licenses (ICLD) (2010)
  • Propell iBT TOEFL Workshop/ AmidEast (2013)
  • TTT (Train the Trainer) IELTS/ British Council (2015)

Skills

  • Good knowledge of the local culture, students, and educational system.
  • Good ability to resourcefully contribute as a team-player and to steer collective effort in positive and productive directions.
  • Good personality and leadership skills and ability to contribute to challenging programs.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Good team worker with ability to communicate easily with peers.
  • Hard-Working, Capable of responsibilities; challenging tasks are enjoyable.
  • Excellent Knowledge in using computer software:
    • Microsoft Windows
    • Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Power Point and Front Page

Languages

Arabic: Native

English:  Native-like

References

Name: Ross Forman

Senior Lecturer, English department, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Phone number: +61.295143869

Email: Ross.Forman@uts.edu.au

 

Name: Alastair Pennycook

Professor, English department, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Phone number: +61.295143067

Email: Alastair.Pennycook@uts.edu.au