On behalf of TESOL Kuwait’s committee members, I am honored and delighted to welcome you to our 8th TESOL Kuwait International Conference. It is our 2nd virtual conference which will be held on February 17th- 18th, 2022 entitled The Hybrid Transition: Emotional, Social & Educational Impacts on Language Learning. It is a very important time for us, as we have continued to stay connected with our members throughout this difficult year with innovative and knowledgeable webinars throughout the year. Maintaining this connection of educational and informative wealth is what we earn to keep on providing to our members and those interested to learn more.
The theme of our conference this year is particularly appropriate for the new transitions made in education due to the world crisis through the pandemic. In response to school closures and safety measures, many aspects within the spectrum of learning have changed due to the unexpected emergence of COVID-19. Pre-pandemic, many higher education institutions had already incorporated e-learning into their systems but not to the full extent we have witnessed in 2020 and 2021. However, most K-12 schools and higher education institutions worldwide struggled at the beginning of the pandemic because they unexpectedly and fully shifted to online learning where they had to use new technologies and familiarize their faculty and staff with them. This shift has affected children’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), defined as non-cognitive skills, interpersonal skills, and soft skills required to succeed later in life academically and professionally.
This conference will delve into hybrid learning that has been adopted around the world and help educators explore practical solutions, advice, tips, and methods that can be incorporated within the classroom environment to reach new heights. Some of these talks will be presented by our distinguished keynote speakers who are specialized within the field of our theme. That being said, thank you to our invited speakers for agreeing to take time to give us their perspectives on a broad-ranging set of topics. Moreover, TESOL Kuwait and I would particularly like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors, exhibitors, organizing committee and volunteers for their continued support in helping us expand our horizons and maintain our devotion.
We truly hope that you will enjoy the content of the conference and be able to contribute as participants in developing innovative solutions, discussing unprecedented challenges and connecting with friends and professionals within the field.
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Dr. Reem Al Qenai
Head of Languages Department
Conference Chair 2021/2022