The Actuality, Inefficiency, and Needs of EFL Teacher-Preparation Programs in Saudi Arabia

Khalid Salim Al-Seghayer

Abstract


Designing an effective English-teacher-preparation program and the provision of providing ongoing support and professional development opportunities are key compounding factors in preparing knowledgeable and competent English teachers linguistically and pedagogically as well as in facilitating their professional growth throughout their mammoth teaching journeys. This paper presents an in-depth discussion of the current training available to Saudi English teachers and reviews the changes that English-teacher-preparation programs have undergone over the years. Then, a pre-service and in-service teacher-preparation program will be proposed in addition to a continuing professional development program for Saudi EFL teachers. Finally, a number of key issues will be highlighted to ensure the effectiveness of the proposed training program.

 


Keywords


Continuing professional development program, Modifying the EFL Teacher-Preparation Program, Pre-service and in-service teachers’ preparation program, Professional development programs, and Training Saudi English Teachers

Full Text:

PDF

References


Al-Hajailan, T. (1999). Evaluation of English as a foreign language textbook for third grade secondary boy’s schools in Saudi Arabia. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, Mississippi.

Al-Harbi, A. (2006). Training Needs of English Teachers in Al-Qassim Province. Unpublished master's thesis, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hazmi, S. (2003). EFL teacher preparation program in Saudi Arabia: Trend and challenges. TESOL Quarterly, 37 (2), 341-344.

Al-Seghayer, Khalid. (2011). English teaching in Saudi Arabia: Status, issues, and challenges. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Hala Printed Co.

Al-Seghayer, Khalid. (2005). Teaching English in Saudi Arabia: Slowly but steadily

Changing. In G. Braine (Ed.), Teaching English to the world (pp.115-130). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Association.

Alshuaifan, A. (2009). Key elements of ESL/EFL teacher preparation program at the University of Ha'l, Saudi Arabia: EFL practitioners and faculty perceptions. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. West Virginia University,Morgantown.

Khan, I. (2011). Professional development of English teachers: The Saudi Arabian context. Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business. 3, (2) 1583-1591.

Ministry of Education. (2005). Teaching English in Saudi Arabia. Unpublished Study.

Rahman, M. and Alhaisoni, E. (2013). Teaching English in Saudi Arabia: Prospects and challenges. Academic Research International Journal, 4 (1), 112-118.

Sheshsha, J. (1982). The qualifications of a competent teacher of English in Saudi Arabia. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Indian University, Bloomington.

Statistical Department, Ministry of High Education (2009). Riyadh: Saudi Arabia:

Ministry of Higher Education Publications.

Teachers College: From start to progressing. (2009). Ministry of Education: Riyadh. Dar Al-Hilal.

Zafer, A. (2002). A Survey of Saudi School Teachers’ and College Professors’ Perspectives on topics and Roles to Emphasize in English as a Foreign Language in Teacher Preparation Course. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Zaid, M. (1993). Comprehensive analysis of the current system of teaching English as a foreign language in Saudi Arabian intermediate schools. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Colorado, Bolder.

Zohairy, S. (2012).Professional development challenges and possible solutions. In Al-Amri, W., Noor, H., and McGee, I. (Eds.). Saudi Preparatory Year English Program: The Future and Beyond: student, teacher, pedagogy and curricular issues. (pp. 162-183). Madinah, Taibah University.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.3n.1p.143

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

2012-2017 (CC-BY) Australian International Academic Centre PTY.LTD

International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the journal emails into your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.