. . . when you have a break from teaching, planning, scheduling, managing students’ online webpages, marking writing notebooks for JOURNALs, preparing/viewing/grading constant assessments, invigilating quizzes and exams, handling record-keeping and meetings for student advisory responsibilities, preparing graded rubrics, organizing/photocopying/distributing handouts for weekly lessons, supervising student teachers’ assistant trainees, etc.
Hear the Project Manager’s speech 09:20
Al Jazeera International Academy has 10 branches situated throughout Saudi Arabia; this also includes a couple of female branches. As well as offering English courses at its own academies, Al Jazeera organises projects at universities, government institutions, the King’s Scholarship Program as well as online English distance learning programmes. I am personally working with Al Jazeera and am currently employed as Project Manager of the English Language Unit at Al Baha University.
Al Jazeera’s preferred methodology is the Communicative Approach which places students into groups and pairs with the emphasis being put onto ‘Real Life Situations’.
The teachers come from a variety of countries including, The United States, Great Britain,The Middle East, Philippines, South Africa and Sudan. All the teachers are qualified to teach English. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddb87jJpWqI
The first of the Preparatory year’s Open Days, Al Baha University, Saudi Arabia; organised by the English Language Unit (Al-Jazeera International Academy). Project Manager Paul Rafferty.
If, like me, you spent more than a year working in the Baha region of Saudi Arabia’s Saraat mountains, you would not have failed to witness the thousands of baboons out there; usually scavenging for food.
Interestingly enough, whilst working as Project Manager and hosting a meeting of the minds of so-called English language teachers at Al Baha university high in the Saraat mountain region of Saudi Arabia more than a year ago, I was approached by a gentleman named Pat who was actually the representative of a publishing company. His job was to explain how to teach the Communicative Approach in accordance with the university Smartboards. During the meeting Pat asked me if I had any connection with Jersey in the British Channel Islands. I was flabbergasted by this question as, indeed, I have travelled to Jersey to visit my sister there on many occasions. He then explained that his brother lives in Jersey and is a friend of my sister!
The world is truly getting smaller…