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When I look back on my ESL career in I wonder how I survived at all. It was of course a difficult experience, the easy experience is hardly worth your while. Worse than the regular, difficult teaching experience, is the difficult, Saudi teaching experience, and worse yet is the difficult, Saudi, female teaching experience.(Thanks to Mr McCourt for my intro).This podcast is aimed at female western language instructors living and working in the Middle East. Covering a range of topics from in a ...
 
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As educators working in Saudi, we spend hours a day in the company of the country’s bright, young women and are encouraged to reveal a world of possibilities to them. Yet many of us are discouraged - if not outrightly forbidden - from conversing with them on the challenges - one of which is the male guardianship system. The question is - what defin…
 
A strange landscape awaits the human race; a world population exceeding 9 billion will have less to say then ever before. In fact, if trends continue as they are, half of the 7000 languages currently spoken throughout the world will be extinct by the time the Earth’s population peaks. Are we, as ESL instructors, part of this problem? How big a part…
 
One thing you won’t be warned of before coming to teach in Saudi Arabia is the work/life balance; namely, there isn’t one. Unprepared and unable to adapt to the seismic shift in lifestyle, many people leave Saudi Arabia financially better off, but spiritually broken. Does it have to be this way? Is it possible that we can have a constructive workin…
 
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