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Good news for ESL teachers in Saudi Arabia !

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.


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Wednesday 12 November 2014, 12:30 pm
Excellent news for TESL teachers. Will there still be an age restriction for experienced , qualified teachers?. Thank you. Sam.Rackal

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Sunday 30 November 2014, 7:26 am
what a fantastic news fo ESL teachers like me. I had a long desired to teach in Kingdom and i believe that i can do this! Thank u.

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Tuesday 9 December 2014, 11:13 am
Hello I am an English teachr in India . I have a good command over English and a good experience also. Now I want to be a teacher in Dubai aur Saudi Arabia. Please suggest what should I do ? . Thanks

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Monday 29 December 2014, 4:24 pm
Hello, i am an english teacher from Algeria, i would like to work in Saudia, i have experience and a lot of achievements..

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Sunday 18 January 2015, 5:52 am
Hi; Would like to know what the age limit is for foreign English teachers in the KSA. Also what specific conditions or limitations are applied to non-native English speakers. Thanks for caring to respond whoever is in the know.

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Hi I am an experienced ESL/EFL.ESOL instructor with 20+ years experience primarily in the Far East, References were taken up for me at a university in SA about 9/10 days ago. Can anyone advise me, please, on usual procedures once this occurs? Many thanks David

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Monday 9 February 2015, 9:03 pm
Asslam walikum I pass Bsc and I want to teach science subject in Saudi Arabia and I have good experience in teaching and how can I apply I belong from Pakistan

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