Dr. Jessica Midraj’s professional experience includes being a curriculum designer, assessment and curriculum supervisor, materials writer, mentor, teacher-trainer, consultant, and researcher. At Khalifa University, she has taught linguistics along with professional communication and writing courses, served on various department and university committees, and contributed to research projects.
Dr. Midraj’s teaching interests are in language and linguistics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and curriculum and instruction. She has taught a variety of courses, including English Communication; Introduction to Linguistics; English Composition; Technical and Scientific Writing; Cognitive Academic Language Learning; and Language Teaching Methods.
Dr. Midraj is interested in collaborative research projects in the following areas: language in STEM education; task and project-based learning; teacher and student self-efficacy; academic language learning instruction and assessment; and bilingual education.
Current research projects include Project-based Learning in Undergraduate Courses; Strengthening Teacher Quality: A Contextualized Resource for UAE English Language Teachers; Investigating Tertiary STEM instructor’s Perceptions of and Actions toward Challenges Facing Learners on Entry to University; Teachers’ Self-efficacy and Emirati Students’ Achievement in Arabic, English, Math and Science; and Implementing a Reading Initiative into First-year Communication Courses.