The Twentieth Annual NileTESOL Annual Conference 2016 which will be held on January 26 and 27, 2016 at the New Cairo campus of the American University in Cairo, Egypt. The theme of the conference this year is, "Best Practices in TESOL: Communicate, Collaborate, Create".
Tracing its origins back to the first Skills Conference in 1996, NileTESOL and the American University in Cairo, School of Continuing Education are both proud to celebrate 20 years of conferences that bring together TESOL professionals from Egypt and around the globe. This year’s focus is on “best practices,” which are time-tested ways to bring about optimal results. The 2016 conference theme reflects NileTESOL’s ongoing support of best practices for the ELT community who are always striving to excel in their own teaching and maximize the learning of their students. Twenty years of successful conferences in Egypt attests to the fact that developing best practices cannot occur in a vacuum. It is necessary for educators to communicate with each other. Through the exchange of ideas, teachers obtain new perspectives and collaborate to implement innovations in their own contexts. Creation, whether of new lesson plans, materials, techniques, or curricula for new programs, is the result of this process. This cycle of communication, collaboration, and creation evolves as educators continue to establish optimal learning environments, respond to ever-changing trends in education, and improve their own teaching. Thus, effective educators realize that teaching will always be an ongoing process of learning, experimentation, trial-and-error, and reflection. These professionals understand that the continuous renewal of their own teaching is in itself a best practice, and that these efforts all have a significant impact on the TESOL community and the future of English language teaching and learning in Egypt and worldwide.