Salima Al Sinani


Research interest:

Teacher Education, Teacher Training and Development, Communities of Practice 

Research Title:

An investigation of ‘Communities of Practice’ amongst those responsible for professional development of English teachers in Oman.

Research summary

The present study is being undertaken in order to explore the status and provenance of ‘Community of Practice’-approaches among and between teacher trainers, supervisors and senior teachers in Oman.  The results of this study will clarify the existing reality of the practices and the relationships between these groups (supervisors, trainers and senior teachers), examining the extent to which these professionals possess the characteristics of the CoP (if any). It explores the learning components these professionals use throughout their potential work and their innovative and effective practices they believe and adopt in managing human and financial resources. The study also investigates the implications from creating better collaborations among the three groups through a successful CoP-approaches, including its potentialities and any drawbacks from the participants’ viewpoint. Finally, it examines the role of the relevant stakeholders in supporting current and future CoP-approaches. In other words, I plan to examine the role of the relevant stakeholders (from training and supervision departments) in supporting how these professionals can potentially work better, in order to more strongly support teachers and those working in the field of education. 


  • Chapter article about “Shared Reading Project in Oman” in Reinders, H. (2019) Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching: The Case of the Middle East and North Africa. Palgrave Macmillan. Will be available in June 2019.
  • Al Sinani, S., et al (2014) "Charting new territory: the introduction of online CPD opportunities for primary and secondary English teachers in Oman" In "innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers" British Council 2014 band and Design/E168. Pages 207-224.    
  • Al-Sinani, S. (2011) “Designing Training Materials: from Challenge to Competency” in IATEFL 2011 Brighton Conference Selections. IATEFL: UK.
  • Al-Sinani, S. K. (2010) "Developing Learners' Self-assessment Skills".  In Burns, A.  (2010)  Doing Action Research in English Language Teaching: A Guide for Practitioners. Routledge: New York and London. Pages: 170-178.  
  • Al-Sinani, S. (2009)  “How Senior English Teachers Support Teachers in Reflecting on their Lessons during Post-Lesson discussions". In Wyatt, M. and Atkins, J. (2009) Research Perspectives on Education in Oman. Sultanate of Oman: Ministry of Education.
  • Al- Sinani, S., Al-Senaidi, F. and Etherton, S. (2009) “Developing Teachers as Researchers: The BA Educational Studies: (TESOL) Programme”. In Atkins, J. Lamb, M. and Wedell, M. (2009) International Collaboration for Educational Change: The BA Project.  Sultanate of Oman: Ministry of Education. 



  • Paper: Effective Designing of Training Materials. At the TESOL Conference. USA Portland, Oregon (26-29 March 2014).
  • Paper: Shared Writing's effectiveness in the Omani Context. At the 12th Symposium on Second Language Writing 2013. Shandong University. Jinan – China (17th – 21st October 2013).
  • Paper: Cascading Training: From trickle to torrent. At Nile TESOL 2012 Conference "Language Education in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities” (31st January 2012).
  • Paper: Professional Development of Trainers through Reflective ePortfolios Research Based Presentation. At Qatar TESOL 2011 Conference Putting Research into Practice (from 1st -3rd October 2011).
  • Paper: Designing Training Materials: from Challenge to Competency Research Based Presentation. At IATEFL Conference, UK, Brighton 2011 (from 15th – 19th April 2011).