GUST English Language and Literature (GELL) Second International Conference 21st-24th April, 2015

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Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST)
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Teaching is one of the most challenging professions because it brings individuals of different backgrounds (teachers and learners) into a very close relationship. The process of teaching/learning arguably constitutes the most important aspect of this relationship, but it is intimately connected with other complex personal, social, cultural, and even historical and political factors. A teacher is not a neutral entity, nor does s/he teach in a social, cultural, and historical vacuum. Similarly, the learner is not a tabula rasa, subject to the teacher’s inscriptions. Inevitably, the process of education will elicit critical questions or even resistance. Teaching foreign languages and literatures to non-native speakers may pose challenges for both teachers and students. These challenges may be administrative, technical, pedagogical, linguistic, social, cultural, political, or even a combination of all. This conference aims at exploring these challenges in different teaching situations and environments.

The GELL 2015 conference welcomes all language and literature professors and instructors to share their experiences, but wishes particularly to focus on teaching foreign languages and literatures in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Also, though professors and instructors of foreign languages and literatures other than English are welcome, the language of the presentations/articles must be English.

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