Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers (KSAALT) sponsors monthly meetings in cities all over Saudi Arabia. EFL/ESL Instructors working in the Kingdom can meet and greet fellow colleagues, as well as add to our professional knowledge (Eastern Province KSAALT meets in Dammam). Guest speakers cover a range of topics related to bettering our skills as instructors of English to Arabic “mother tongue” students (Reading: Whole Word vs Phonics Approach, Corpus Linguistics, Developing Effective Writing Rubrics, etc.).
This past Friday’s speaker was the esteemed Mr. Osama Elbeyaly, of Egypt. He presented a workshop that expanded our knowledge while engaging us in steps similar to what our students should be exposed to. Our chapter PRESIDENT is from the U.S.A., while her officers and members hail from Malaysia, Pakistan, Egypt, India, Nigeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, South Africa, United Kingdom (Britain), Canada, U.S.A., Australia, Indonesia, and other places I can’t remember at the moment. It’s an exciting time, and place, to be teaching English as a Second Language / English as a Foreign Language (ESL/EFL).
I thoroughly enjoy hearing input from fellow instructors, of all nationalities, about personal strategies and challenges we face in our classrooms. It’s a wonderful way to spend a Friday night!
The big question is, what will some Saudi English Prep Year Program teachers do with two months’ vacation time? Here are some ideas:
“I’m leavin’ on a jet plane . . .” (The Mamas and the Papas)
And, we’ll all be back at the end of August for Semester 351!
This is the brochure for the Omani culture museum: