Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 17

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Ala S. Al-Ghoraibi

Institution: University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Country: United States

Ala Al-Ghoraibi is a multilingual Arabic/English speaker who was born in the United States of America (USA) and has lived in both Saudi Arabia (SA) and the United States of America (USA). She earned her undergraduate BA in English from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and her graduate MA in Educational technology and leadership with a focus on English language teaching from California State University- Los Angeles, USA. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the United States.
Ala's research interests include ESL learners' literacy, multimodal engagement and communication, and cultural identities. Her current ethnographic study focuses on the experience of an English learner's engagement with learning in online and offline spaces during synchronous sessions, as well as how the learner's technological materials choices shape his engagement.
Ala has been teaching English to students at two distinct English language institutes in Jeddah, SA, since 2013. She is an English language lecturer at the University of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. She has used her multilingual knowledge and skills to teach English in SA.

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