Arab World Edition of ‘NorthStar’ launched in Dubai
Dubai: Internationally acclaimed author and English language education expert, Dr Carol Numrich, has visited the GCC to take part in the annual TESOL Arabia Conference, held in Dubai on the 12th to 14th of March.
TESOL Arabia brought together educators and academics from around the region to learn about the latest developments in English language pedagogy. The theme of this year’s event, “Theory, Practice, Innovation: Teaching and Learning in the Digital World”, drew attention to the role digital resources can play in improving GCC students’ English language learning.
Dr Numrich, a senior lecturer at Columbia University in the USA, spoke to participants about how learners can get the most out of their English language classes. She said:
“Research shows us that the more profound the stimulation for students while learning, both intellectually and emotionally, the more language they will use and retain. We also know that successful students are active learners, and that the quality of relationships in the classroom is important, particularly in a language class where students are asked to express themselves on issues and ideas. If we can get these fundamentals of language education right in the classroom, student outcomes will be enhanced, both in the uptake of English language skills and in wider academic performance”.
Dr Numrich launched the Arab World Edition of her internationally acclaimed NorthStar series at the event, which has been designed especially for English language learners in the region. The NorthStar series, from Pearson, is a collection of print and online English language resources created to help learners achieve their English language and academic goals. The new Arab World Edition of North Star has been launched to meet the gap in the market for Arab-specific English language resources. Dr Numrich said of the new edition:
“For the first time, local students will have access to English language learning resources that have been created to reflect their cultural and historical understanding. The use of locally specific references and examples throughout the resources makes it easier for learners to engage with their English language learning, and achieve better grades as a result. The response to the Arab World Edition of NorthStar has been very encouraging, and I look forward to seeing the impact of these new resources on learners across the region”.