Professor of Education Charles Temple recently delivered the keynote address to the sixth annual conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Qatar, in Doha City. The visit was sponsored by the Qatar TESOL Association and the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, and was hosted by the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar.
“Thanks to its natural gas reserves Qatar has the second highest per capita income in the world, but the country has placed great emphasis on looking beyond its petroleum wealth and educating its young people,” explains Temple. “A big part of that agenda is helping every student learn the English language, while maintaining Qatar’s Arab culture and Muslim religion.”
Temple’s talk, “Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum,” laid out the contents and methods of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking project, and held that out as a model for a possible long-term staff development project for Qatari educators. The U.S. embassy staff in attendance expressed interest in following up the talk with a staff development initiative.
Temple received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and his M.Ed. in curriculum studies and his Ph.D in reading education from the University of Virginia. He also studied at the University of Madrid, where he taught English part time, and taught at the University of Houston-Victoria. Temple is also the author and co-author of numerous books. In addition to his teaching duties at HWS, Temple co-founded and directs the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) Project, in association with the International Reading Association.