Dr. Besma Allagui

Dr. Besma Allagui

Assistant Professor, General Education and Foundation Program

Dr. Besma is an ESL Instructor at the General Education department. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Carthage in Tunisia. Her passion for learning the English language as well as her enthusiasm for human communication led her to pursue a career in teaching.  After graduating with a Bachelor degree in the English Language, Civilization, and Literature, she received teacher training and started teaching young learners at the elementary school. Working with energetic students of a young age and with different abilities meant that she needed to have a solid foundation in second language acquisition. Thus, she pursued an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the Higher Institute of Languages in Tunisia where she taught at the English department for six years. Then, she decided to travel and teach at the University of Buraimi in Oman. There, she gained further experience at teaching students of different backgrounds, from elementary to advanced, in subjects ranging from communication skills to integrated skills to IELTS preparation. She joined Rabdan Academy in September 2014 and year after year she feels great pleasure teaching students who are eager to learn and better their English

PhD. Applied Linguistics, Tunisia.

MA.Applied linguistics, Tunisia.

BA. English Language, Literature, and Civilization (Primary area: Teaching English as a Second Language) Tunisia.

  • English studies
  • Communication skills
  • Academic skills
  • Health and safety
  • Learning support
  • Test preparation

Book Chapter

Allagui, B. (forthcoming). Using Student Learning Outcomes: The Future for Assessment. In M. Al-Hendawi & A. Ahmed (Eds.), The Handbook of General Education in MENA Higher Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Journal Articles

Allagui, B. (in press). Students’ Perceptions of the ideal-Teacher-as-Reader. International Journal of Language and Linguistics, 3 (5).

Allagui, B. (2016). Anonymous Feedback Using Digital Walls: A Case Study. Journal of Education and Vocational Research, 7 (3), 6 – 11.

Allagui, B. (2014). Writing through WhatsApp: an evaluation of students writing performance. International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 8 (3-4), 216-231 Impact factor 1.17

Allagui, B. (2012). Prototypes of the Teacher-as-Reader: An Integration of Cognitive Categorization Theory with Research on the Teacher-as-Reader. The International Journal of the Humanities, 9 (7), 21-30. Common Ground Publishing.


Allagui, B. (2017). The integration of game-based mobile applications in a non-game classroom context. TESOL Arabia Conference, Dubai, the UAE (Forthcoming)

Allagui, B. (2016). Assess with Plickers. Paper presented at TESOL Arabia’s 6th Annual ESP Conference, Abu Dahbi, the UAE.

Allagui, B. (2016). Anonymous Feedback Using Digital Walls: A Case Study. Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Education & Information Management, 78-84. Istanbul: Turkey

Allagui, B. (2014). Assessing Digital Writing. Paper presented at TESOL Arabia Conference, Dubai, the UAE

Allagui, B. (2013). The effectiveness of WhatsApp messenger for developing basic writing skills. Paper presented at the First International Conference on Mobile Learning, The UAE University, Al Ain.


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