Saima Nomaan



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Education
Department: Graduate School of Education (Ed.D TESOL)
Research Centre/Unit: CRPL-Centre for Research and Professional Learning

My educational background includes an MA degree in English Language & Literature from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and another MA degree in TESOL Studies from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. I also have two postgraduate diplomas, (PGD TEFL and PGD College Management) along with the UK TEFL Certification and the Fellowship of The Higher Education Academy UK (FHEA). Recently, I completed Harvard's Higher Education Teaching Certificate and I am currently engaged in doing my Ed.D. in Education in TESOL from University of Exeter, UK and working as a Lecturer (General Studies-English) in Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. My literary research for the MA in Language & Literature consisted of the discussion of John Steinbeck as a proletarian writer and an analysis of the allusions and imagery in his four major novels. Then, a shift in my research interests occurred when I studied linguistics further and did my PGD in TEFL and later, MA in TESOL Studies. Therefore, my next research was more linguistic in nature and I discussed language pedagogy in Pakistan and evaluated the secondary level ELT textbooks for oral communication skills materials in Pakistan. 

As an ESL/TESOL practitioner for more than 16 years and as a Microsoft Faculty Fellow, I love to impart my knowledge and skills vis-a-vis the use of instructional technology and cascade it to other faculty. My primary interests include educational research, the practical application of technological tools to facilitate active learning, develop interactive curriculum and train teachers. My research interests include areas related to critical issues in ELT, teacher professional development, workplace/educational policies, professional identity and issues involving race, gender, and ethnicity with respect to the power and imperialism of English language around the world.