Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Claire Stanley


This paper is intended to be an orientation pamphlet for prospective EFL teachers in Saudi Arabia. It may be useful for teachers in other Middle Eastern countries as well, particularly in the Arab Gulf states. It contains a statement on factors affecting EFL teaching in the classroom, based on the author's five and a half years of experience in Riyadh. It touches on such topics as religion, family, politics, education, English-Arabic Language differences, teaching approaches and the teacher as a representative of his own culture. It also has suggestions for finding a job, including a list of schools and organizations offering EFL courses in Saudi Arabia and some job search services. It gives specific suggestions for job interviews, and details regarding books, materials and resources currently available in the Kingdom for ESL teachers. Attached to the paper is an appendix of useful articles, books and guides for an EFL teacher in Arabia.


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