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Dr. Besma Allagui

Assistant Professor

Dr. Besma Allagui is an Assistant Professor at Rabdan Academy in Abu Dhabi. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics with a minor in teaching academic writing and research. She has developed and taught a considerable number of face-to-face and distance learning courses and modules. She is a member of the Middle East-North Africa Writing Centers Alliance (MENAWCA). She acted as a research coordinator at Rabdan Academy in 2020-2021. She served as an International referee at the First International Student Competition in Smart Education and e-Learning (SEEL 2019).


    PHD in Applied linguistics

    MA in Applied Linguistics

    BA. English Language, Literature, and Civilization

Teaching Areas

    Academic writing and reading

    Introduction to research

    Professional communication

    Presentation skills

    Study skills

Research Interests

    Dr. Besma’s research is concentrated in two areas: language learning through technology and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) writing processes and products. Her research on technology has been concerned with the use of WhatsApp, digital walls, plickers, and augmented reality. Research on writing processes has focused on students’ perceptions of teacher feedback and rubrics, students’ decision-making processes while writing, and aspects of students' argumentative writing.


    •   Allagui, B. (2021). TED talk comments to enhance critical thinking skills in an undergraduate reading and writing course. Education and Information Technologies, 26(3), 2941–2960

    •   Allagui, B. (2021). Writing a Descriptive Paragraph Using an Augmented Reality Application: An Evaluation of Students’ Performance and Attitudes. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 26(3), 687–710.

    •   Allagui B. (2019). Moving from Hardcopy to Online Submission with a Learning Analytics Enriched Rubric— LAe-R: Students’ Perspective. In: Uskov V., Howlett R., Jain L. (eds) Smart Education and e-Learning 2019. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 144. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-8260- 4_27

    •   Allagui, B. (2019). Investigating the Quality of Argument Structure in First Year University Writing. In S. Hidri (Ed), English Language Teaching Research in the Middle East and North Africa (pp.). Palgrave Macmillan. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98533-6

    •   Allagui, B. (2018, June). A Course Redesign to Redefine Students Learning Outcomes: What's All the Hype? In Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Information and Education Innovations (pp. 21-25). ACM. http://doi.org/10.1145/3234825.3234837

    •   Allagui, B. (2018). Decision-making in an Argumentative Writing Task: a Focus on Self-Questioning. The International Journal of Humanities Education. Common Ground Publishing, USA. http://dx.doi.org/10.18848/2327- 0063/CGP/v16i01/19-32

    •   Allagui, B. (2016). Students’ Perceptions of the ideal-Teacher-as-Reader. International Journal of Language and Linguistics, 3, (5), 99-106. • Allagui, B. (2016). Anonymous Feedback Using Digital Walls: A Case Study. Journal of Education and Vocational Research, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 3, p. 6-11. ISSN 2221-1152.

    •   Allagui, B. (2014). Writing through WhatsApp: an evaluation of students writing performance. International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 8(3-4), 216-231. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJMLO.2014.067022

Dr. Besma Allagui
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