by Expatguru - 10/28/2014
"This article gives information on the opportunities available in Saudi Arabia for teachers specializing in English as a Secondary Language (ESL) and what they can look forward to in the kingdom."
The announcement by the Saudi Minister of Education Khalid Al-Faisal that English language would be taught as a compulsory subject from Grade Four in all the schools in Saudi Arabia has brought a lot of cheer for ESL teachers.
Until recently, English was not considered essential and Arabic was the medium of instruction in most state-funded schools in the kingdom. Of late, there is growing awareness that knowledge of English is no longer an option but a necessity to blend with the outside world and a gateway for better opportunities. It is with this background that a major policy decision as above was announced by the Saudi Government.
What this translates is that there is going to be a flood of opportunities for ESL teachers in the kingdom. But do not assume that getting a job is a cakewalk for anyone. There are high standards set and you must necessarily have enough qualifications as well as experience. Your salary would be directly proportional to both of these, so if you do not have a TEFL, rest assured that it is going to be a difficult task to get a job in the kingdom.
A TESOL or a CELTA certificate increases your chances of a better salary, when you are considered for teaching positions at University level. There is a high demand for such positions and there is an equally high competition too. ESL teachers are usually expected to work at least 40 hours a week (from Sunday through Thursday) with 30 hours per week in the classroom. They also have additional responsibilities like contributing to the syllabus
A common question which potential ESL teachers ask is how much they would be making. While this is a difficult question to answer as it depends on several factors, on an average you could expect teachers to get between $4000 to $4500/month depending on your experience. Typically, teachers are given a 30-day paid annual vacation, return economy air tickets for their family (usually up to two kids and spouse), furnished housing or allowance to cover the same, plus a relocation allowance. In case you opt for a housing allowance, you must ensure that you are able to meet the rental expenses within that amount. House rents vary from one city to another and even from one area to another within the same city. An End of Service benefit is also part of any package. Contracts are usually for two years which are routinely renewed.
The coming months are going to see a surge in demand for ESL teachers, and if have the right qualifications and experience, you are sure to get a lucrative job in the kingdom.