BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Instructor, EAP & Communications
School of Communication
English for Academic Purposes
Faculty of Education
Health & Human Development

604.983.7582 ext. 7582
Fir Building, room FR501F
alaaalmusalli@capilanou.ca

Education

Certificate of Second Language Proficiency in the French Conversation, Concordia University, 2018.

TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standard Three Permanent, TESL Canada Federation, 2016.

PhD, Linguistics, Bangor University, Wales, UK, 2008.

MA, English Language and Linguistics, Baghdad University, 1999.

BA (Honours), English Language, Turath University College, 1996.

Bio

Alaa Al-Musalli (PhD, Bangor University, 2008) is a linguist whose main interest is to develop students' language and communication competence. Al-Musalli has taught internationally since 2000. She taught in the Middle East, Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman, and in Europe, the Netherlands. In Canada, she taught at Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC and at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Currently, she teaches at both Capilano University and Simon Fraser University.

Al-Musalli's research has always been pedagogy-based, and her students learning problems have always been the focus of her research and the basis of her curriculum development ideas. She is always on the lookout for problem areas in the curriculum, students' learning experience and her own teaching methods. She is passionate about teaching and always aims to provide tailor-made lessons to tackle the language and communication problem areas that her students need to address.

I like teaching all four language skills in a way that helps students link what they learn in one skill to what they practice in another. For example, when practicing reading, students read from the writer's point of view, and when practicing writing, students write for their readers. The same is true for listening and speaking. I have developed sub-skill taxonomies for all four skills that help me stay on track with my students' progress; for example, I help students practice inferencing in a reading class and ask them to use what they've learned when they write and speak in order to give their readers and listeners enough clues to easily infer (guess meaning) from context.

My research interests are in the fields of ESL pedagogy and didactics (the why and how of ESL education), language learning, testing, and listening and note-taking skills and sub-skills. Although I have never been required to publish to maintain my academic affiliations, I write about what bothers me as a teacher, especially when I recognize a difficulty that my students are having in class. I believe that teachers, like all other professionals, are like houses they need continuous maintenance and upgrading, which I do through research. I like to think that I'll never stop searching and evolving.

Publications

Al-Musalli, A. Test Validity Concerns in CLIL: Lessons from the Netherlands. Journal of Education and Human Development, 5 (2), 115-122. DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v5n2a13, 2016.

Al-Musalli, A. Taxonomy of Lecture Note Taking Skills and Sub-Skills. International Journal of Listening, 29 (3), 134-147. Also published online - Taylor and Francis Online. DOI: 10.1080/10904018.2015.1011643, 2015.

Al-Musalli, A. Redefining the reading culture: Overcoming EFL teachers prejudices against students reading habits. Arab World English Journal, 5(1), 211-223, 2014.

Al-Musalli, A. Lecture note taking driving license: An effective program for Arab university students. Arab World English Journal, 4(1), 124-134, 2013.

Al-Musalli, A. & Al-Harthi, I. Sentence types: Students perceptions and productions. ELT World Online - The National University of Singapore, 3, 1-19, 2011.

Al-Musalli, A. Factors affecting independent learning in classrooms. In Al-Mahrooqi, R. & Tuzlukova, V. (Eds.) The Omani ELT Symphony: Maintaining Linguistic and Socio-Cultural Equilibrium (pp. 143-168). Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University Press, 2010.

Tuzlukova, V., Al-Musalli, A. & Al-Mahrooqi, R. ELT materials writing projects: Challenges of professional communication. Arab World English Journal, 1(1), 40-79, 2010.

Al-Musalli, A. Teaching note-taking in the EFL curriculum. The Language Centre Forum, Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University Press, 9, 2003.

Al-Musalli, A. Listening comprehension as a complex skill and the sub-skills involved in the process of speech perception. The Journal of the Documentation and Humanities Research Center, Doha: Qatar University Press, 13, 35-84, 2001.

Conference Proceedings

Al-Musalli, A. & Al-Harthi, I. Sentence types: Students perceptions vs. productions. Conference Proceedings of the 11th Oman International ELT Conference: Empowering Teachers and Learners. Sultanate of Oman: Sultan Qaboos University Press, pp. 90-102, 2011.

Al-Musalli, A. Assessing the effectiveness of students lecture notes. Conference Proceedings of the 9th Oman International ELT Conference: Responding to Challenges in Curriculum, Assessment and Independent Learning. Sultanate of Oman: Sultan Qaboos University Press, pp. 51-58, 2009.

Conference/Seminar/Workshop Presentations

2017: Effective note-taking techniques. This was a two-hour workshop for students in the Semester Abroad with Internship Program, McGill University.

2016: Adobe Connect best practices and pedagogy: Maximizing meeting pods features. This was presented through Adobe Connect to Health Canada instructors, McGill University.

2012: Integrating and testing CLIL courses. This was a three-hour CLIL workshop presented at Antonius College, Gouda, the Netherlands.

2012: Assessing CLIL practices. This was a three-hour CLIL workshop presented at Antonius College, Gouda, the Netherlands.

2012: Tailoring CLIL lessons: Subject-specific lesson examples. This was a four-hour CLIL workshop presented at Lentiz Kastanjecollege MAVO, Maassluis, the Netherlands.

2012: Why CLIL works! This was a six-hour CLIL workshop presented at Lentiz Kastanjecollege MAVO, Maassluis, the Netherlands.

2011: with Al-Harthi, I. Sentence types: Students perceptions vs. productions. The 11th Oman International ELT Conference: Empowering Teachers and Learners, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman.

2010: Why and how to teach note-taking from lectures. A professional development presentation in the Language Center at Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman.

2009: Assessing the effectiveness of students lecture notes. The 9th Oman International ELT Conference: Responding to Challenges in Curriculum, Assessment and Independent Learning, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman.

2006: Note taking in Omani classrooms. BAAL Seminar: Research Perspectives on Listening in L1 and L2 Education, University of Warwick, UK.

2006: Common listening and note taking sub-skills. BAAL Seminar: Research Perspectives on Listening in L1 and L2 Education, University of Warwick, UK.

1996: The double consonants in the speech of Iraqi EFL students. The 4th Conference of Al-Turath University College, Al-Turath University College, Iraq/Baghdad. (The paper won the best research prize at the conference).