TEFL in Dharan, Saudi Arabia

Date posted:2003-01-10 | Writer: King Fahd University | Email: [email protected]



We are interested in recruiting well-qualified, committed and experienced teachers of EFL/ESL/EAP to teach in the Orientation English Program (OEP), a well-established structured 20-hour-per-week pre-university intensive course in English for academic purposes. The OEP is part of the Preparatory Year, preparing male students for English-medium studies leading to a B.S. degree in science, engineering or industrial management. Opportunities exist to contribute materials (all produced in-house) or for transfer later to the University English Program (UEP) a three-course, American-model program of undergraduate writing beginning with freshman composition.

The ELC at KFUPM currently employs almost 100 faculty (American, Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African) and is expanding. Faculty are hired for September and February.

To comply with Saudi government regulations all candidates must be male and under the age of 60 years at time of appointment.


An MA in TEFL/TESOL or Applied Linguistics or a one- year, full-time postgraduate diploma in TEFL/TESL from an accredited university is preferred. More basic postgraduate qualifications in TESOL (e.g. RSA/UCLES CELTA or Dip TEFLA) can also be considered for candidates with appropriate experience.

EXPERIENCE For MA in TEFL/TESOL or Applied Linguistics, at least two yearsํ full-time teaching of EFL/EAP overseas is required. With more basic postgraduate qualifications, further experience is expected.

COMPENSATION SALARIES are competitive depending on qualifications and experience and range from a yearly salary of SR 93, 000 to SR119, 000 (approx. $25, 000 to $32, 000). All compensation is tax-free.

SERVICE INCREMENT: Contracts are for two years renewable. When renewing the contract the lecturers may get an annual increase in base salary depending on their performance.

END-OF-SERVICE GRATUITY: The employee will be paid an amount equal to half a month's salary for each of the first five years of employment; this is converted to a month's salary after five years of service and for each of the subsequent years.

ADDITIONAL REMUNERATION: The ELC also offers an Evening Language Program, a Diploma English Program (DEP) and short courses to various ministries and private concerns. These courses are taught by ELC faculty members who are interested in augmenting their salary. Lecturers who wish to teach the OEP/DEP course during the Summer semester are paid an additional two monthsํ salary. There are also opportunities for lecturers to earn additional income on various short courses (four to six weeks) during the summer.

WORKING CONDITIONS WORKING HOURS: The working week is from Saturday to Wednesday. OEP teachers have to teach 20 contact hours a week and attend 5 office hours a week and participate in some administrative duties. OEP lecturers have the option of teaching early shift (08:00 ๑ 09:50 and 13:10 ๑ 15:00) or late shift (10:00 ๑ 11:50 and 15:20 ๑ 17:10). Occasionally, faculty may have to substitute, on a rota basis, for a colleague who is sick or absent.

UNIVERSITY YEAR: The academic calendar, as set by the Ministry of Higher Education, consists of three semesters: Fall; Spring; and Summer. The two main semesters, Fall and Spring, each consist of 15 weeks of teaching followed by 2 weeks allocated for Final examinations. The Summer semester, which is optional for lecturers, on a separate two-month contract, is 8 weeks long, including 4 days for Final Examinations.

BENEFITS HOUSING: Every employee, single or with family, is provided, rent-free, with his own fully furnished (bachelor/family) housing unit on campus. Services, including air conditioning, gas, electricity, cable TV and water are free, as is maintenance. Each apartment has its own telephone linked up to free e-mail and internet facilities. Local phone calls are free.

VACATION: Faculty leave is determined by the academic calendar and lecturers are generally free between semesters and, unless they decide to teach the Summer course, during the Summer semester. In the current academic year, the Fall semester began on 14 September 2002 and ends on 29 January 2003. The Spring semester commences on 22 February, 2003, and ends on Wednesday 25 June. The Summer semester is from 25 June to 7 September. There are also two school holidays for the whole country Eid Al-Fitr (20 November to 13 December, 2002) and Eid Al-Adh'ha (24 January to 21 February, 2003). During all these paid holidays, those who want to leave the country are granted visas. It is possible, and with multiple visas, now easier, to take weekend breaks to neighboring countries.

AIR TICKETS: Annual round-trip air tickets to the point of origin will be provided for the employee, his wife, and up to two children up to the age of 18.

HEALTH CARE: The employee and members of his family are provided with free medical and dental care at the KFUPM Clinic or, if referred by the clinic, at the KFU teaching hospital. The Clinic facilities are operated by the following professionals: two internists, four general practitioners, two pediatricians, two gynecologists, one ENT specialist, one ophthalmologist, one dermatologist, one pathologist, one radiologist, two dentists, one dental hygienist, 20 nurses, three pharmacists, two X-ray technicians and three laboratory assistants. Also, a psychologist and a psychiatrist are available twice a week for consultation.

CHILDRENํS EDUCATION: The university pays a total sum of SR25, 000 per year towards local education expenses. There are a number of highly rated international schools in the area including Dhahran Academy ๑ with both American and British streams ๑ and The British School (UK curriculum).

TRANSPORT: Free on-campus buses for faculty and families; school buses to local international schools; regular thrice-weekly shopping buses to Dammam and Khobar There are also day bus trips to the beach and interesting places for a nominal charge

E-MAIL AND INTERNET: All faculty members and their families have free access to e-mail and internet facilities.

SHOPS ON CAMPUS: Bank; Post Office; Stationerํs; Dry Cleaning; restaurants; Supermarket; Petrol Station; Hairdresser (male and female); Saudi Arabian Airlines.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES: The Recreation Center, which is for faculty members and dependants, is the main area for recreation on-campus. It has two swimming pools (menํs and womenํs), a snack bar, function rooms, a library, tennis courts, squash courts, a bowling alley, basketball and volleyball courts, a fully equipped exercise room, etc. Faculty members can also use the university gymnasium, stadium, swimming pools and faculty restaurant. OFF-CAMPUS, the university has its own beach (separate areas for students and university personnel) with changing facilities, shaded picnic shelters, barbecue facilities and a snack bar that is open at weekends.

APPLICATION If you are interested in applying to KFUPM, send an e-mail to [email protected] and under subject write APPLICATION FORM and state the advertisement e.g. Markํs ESL.

When you receive this form, fill in all the details and include a scanned recent photograph. Return this form, preferably as an e-mail attachment, to our address: or by fax to 966 3 860 2341.

With the completed application form, we will also require a covering letter: - include a full c.v./resume giving details of relevant teaching experience with dates and indicate when you might be available for interview. Send attachments of copies of your qualifications (scanned)

Interviews for September 2003 will take place as follows: 12th to 14th March, TESOL Arabia, Dubai, UAE 25th to 28th March, TESOL International, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 30th to 31st March, London, UK 25th to 30th June, London (UK) and Ireland

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


There are different tests. Today I have learned the meaning and use of these different types of tests. When you are evaluating learners it is often good to here their opinions and ask questions like weather they feel that they are getting enough grammar. The type of tests you could use and when to use it. Some teachers prefer shorter tests and others longer. I think it depend on where you with your work and what you want to evaluate.I really enjoyed the course, pronunciation and phonology different ways are studied intonation,stress,articulation,rhythm and different technique of pronunciation. I have also learned about rise and false intonation.Penultimate are also learned.Different voiced and unvoiced sound.Vowel and consonant sound are also learned.The course come also with phonotic scripts.different sounds are also studied such us: the sound d and the sound b.