Dr Mahmoud Abdallah

Department: TESOL
Research Centre/Unit: TESOL and ICT

Project Summary

My PhD project is a design study that investigates the possibility of expanding the language-related literacy practices of EFL student teachers in an Egyptian teacher education programme. This involves integrating some Web-based new literacies into their pre-service education programme and, hence, indulging them in new literacy practices that improve their language learning. The study employs Design-Based Research (DBR) as an emerging paradigm in educational research which involves several iterations of design, implementation, and evaluation so as to reach improvement in both theory and practice. It is a pragmatic, developmental approach that utilises both qualitative and quantitative methods in serving specific research purposes.

Supervisory Team

Prof. Rupert Wegerif

Prof. Tony Wright

Wider Research Interests

New theories of literacy and language learning, EFL curriculum design in teacher education, essay writing, reading instruction, socio-cultural theory and language learning, Web-mediated learning, employing Web-based facilities and online tools for English language learning purposes, reading skills, reading strategies, study skills, dictionary skills, new genres of writing facilitated by new technologies (e.g., collaborative writing and connective writing), and employing Multiple Intelligences Theory in language learning, using Wikipedia for language learning purposes, and Schemata Theory and writing in English.

Authored Publications/Reports

Abdallah, M. M. S. (17th May 2013) Multiple intelligences, oral communication and language learning, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken

Abdallah, M. M. S. (10th January 2011) The Internet in EFL Teacher Education: Investigating the Possibilities and Challenges in a Pre-Service Teacher Education Programme, Sino-US English Teaching, Vol. 8, no. 1, 15-23

Abdallah, M. M. S. (14th May 2011) Notepad is NOT bad: Employing Yahoo! Notepad as an online research diary in educational enquiry based on a PhD study, Paper presented at the Graduate School of Education Annual Staff Student Conference, 14 May 2011, University of Exeter, UK, http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3084

Abdallah, M. M. S. (2009) Towards a Methodological Improvement of Narrative Inquiry: A Qualitative Analysis , ERIC Online Submission, ED506060, http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED506060.pdf

Abdallah, M. M. S. (2008) Multiple Ways to be Smart: Gardener's Theory of Multiple Intelligences and its Educational Implications in English Teaching and Oral Communication, ERIC Online Submission, ED502634, http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED502634.pdf

Abdallah, M. M. S. (2008) "New Literacies or New Challenges?": The Development of the Concept of Literacy in the Context of Information and Communication Technologies and Language Teaching, ERIC Online Submission, ED502132, http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED502132.pdf

Abdallah, M. M. S. (2007) Exploring the Process of Integrating the Internet into English Language Teaching, Paper presented at the Academic Conference for Young Researchers (1st, Assiut, Egypt, Apr 24, 2007) , ERIC Online Submission, http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED498887.pdf

Abdallah, M. M. S. (2005) The Effect of Using a Multiple Intelligences-Based Training Programme on Developing English Majors' Oral Communication Skills, ERIC Online Submission, ED498888, http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED498888.pdf

Abdallah, M. M. S. (2011) Teaching English as a Foreign Language from a New Literacy Perspective: A Guide for Egyptian EFL Student Teachers, VDM Publishing House Ltd, Saarbrücken, Germany.