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MA TESOL Program

Overview, Mission and Goals

About the Program

The English Language Institute (ELI) at King Abdulaziz university offers a two-year cutting-edge, challenging and inspiring MA TESOL Program to qualify students to become effective English language instructors equipped with a unique blend of firm theoretical, research foundations and best teaching practice in the field. Since its establishment in 2014, the MA TESOL Program has provided the nation with highly-qualified graduates to teach the English language to learners of different proficiency levels in a wide range of national teaching and learning contexts.

Mission

The mission of the MA TESOL program is to prepare students to become competent TESOL professionals by developing their theoretical knowledge, innovative pedagogical practices, and research skills required for various TESOL contexts.

Goals

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of main theories and concepts underpinning language learning and teaching in the field of TESOL.
  2. Develop competencies that promote autonomy, reflection, responsible citizenship, and commitment to integrity and ethics in academic and professional practices.
  3. Utilize technology, software, and online resources to enhance teaching and research practices.
  4. Design and evaluate curricula, courses, and pedagogical materials for diverse language learners.
  5. Apply various effective language teaching practices and a variety of assessment tools based on current approaches and concepts in the field of TESOL.
Program Goals

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Knowledge and Understanding

  • K1 Construct a deep understanding of the main theoretical concepts in the field of English language learning and teaching.
  • K2 Demonstrate a firm understanding of the main pedagogical practices in language learning and teaching.

Skills

  • S1 Use a range of TESOL methods, techniques, and practices informed by research at different teaching contexts
  • S2 Implement relevant technological tools and resources in learning and research.
  • S3 Design innovative pedagogical materials through implementing different quantitative and qualitative methods appropriately.

Values

  • V1 Display a commitment to integrity, ethical practices, and excellence in research.
  • V2 Develop autonomy in research and professional projects.
  • V3 Develop team-work collaboration with others in research and professional projects.

Why Study the MA TESOL?

  • The Program familiarizes students with a wide range of key knowledge-areas in the field and develops and hones related skill-sets.
  • The Program is designed for both prospective and experienced English language teachers to enable them to apply knowledge and skills gained to the classroom setting in the interest of learning enhancement.
  • The Program is also designed with the needs of public and private employers firmly in mind. The global and local job market has numerous job openings for English language teachers and the MA TESOL has come to play a crucial role in matching quality graduates with labor market requirements for effective English language teachers.

Career Prospects

This qualification will enhance graduates' career prospects and be considered a real plus by prospective employers. Program graduates will have proven expertise in the field and be able to confidently consider applying to institutions, universities, colleges, schools, and training companies offering competitive job packages, both nationwide or further afield. The local list of prospective employers includes:

  • The Ministry of Education (schools, colleges, and universities)
  • Professional and technical training organizations
  • All government and private educational sectors with English language professions

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the MA TESOL Program, applicants must:

  • Meet all KAU Graduate Deanship requirements
  • Hold a B.A. in English Language, Linguistics, English Language and Literature, or Translation.
  • Have achieved an IELTS Academic overall band score of 6 and above; or its equivalent on a recognized English proficiency exam.

These are minimum requirements. Other factors are also taken into consideration prior to program admission.

Program Structure

The MA TESOL Program involves two years of full-time coursework, including a thesis. Students are required to take seven compulsory courses and two electives.

Compulsory courses

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • TESOL Methodology
  • Research Methods in TESOL
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Special Topics in TESOL
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Testing and Assessment

MA Thesis

Students are required to complete an MA thesis, under the supervision of an academic supervisor, on a TESOL topic agreed with the Vice-Deanship for Graduate Studies.

Our Faculty

MA TESOL Faculty

All faculty members hold PhD degrees in the field from internationally-recognized universities. The faculty members draw on their extensive research knowledge of theoretical frameworks and English language teaching experience to enable their students to identify, analyze and evaluate contemporary ELT issues.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Bargi

aalbargi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Abdullah Al-Bargi is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at KAU ELI. He was awarded a BA in English Language and Literature from KAU in 1997, an MA TESL from Arizona State University, USA in 2002, and a PhD in Linguistics/Rhetoric and Composition from the same university in 2006. Dr. Al-Bargi’s particular interests include classroom interactions, classroom discourse analysis, composition studies, and journalistic writing.

Dr. Abdullah Alshakhi

amalshaikhi1@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Alshakhi is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and the Head of Curriculum and Testing Unit at the English Language Institute at King Abdulaziz University. With particular research interests in language testing and assessment literacy, construct validity, writing assessment, and language policy, Dr. Alshakhi has been published in both local and international journals. He is actively involved in several workshops involving language assessment and testing through the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Cambridge Assessment as well as the European Association of Language Assessment and Testing (EALTA).

Dr. Abdullah Qabani

baqabani@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Qabani is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University. In 2006, Dr. Qabani graduated with a BA in English Education from Taibah University in Madinah. He joined KAU in 2007. In 2010, he completed his MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2018, he graduated with a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Macquarie University, Australia. Dr. Qabani’s research interests include discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and politics. He has worked with local and international bodies as a professional interpreter and translator.

Dr. Abeer Althaqafi

abalthagafi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Abeer Althaqafi is an Assistant Professor at the English Language Institute (ELI) at King AbdulAziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She received her BA in Translation from the Department of European Languages and Translation at King Saud University in Riyadh, in 2001. She was awarded an MA in TESOL in 2011and a PhD in Teacher Education and Curriculum Development in 2015 from the University of Nottingham, UK. Dr. Althaqafi’s research interests involve Curriculum Development, Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy of Action, and Epistemology of Educational Research and Policy.

Dr. Abeer Madini

amadini@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Abeer Madini is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at KAU ELI. She received her BA in English from Umm Al-Qurra University in 2003. She was awarded an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2007, and a PhD in Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies from the same university in 2012. Dr. Madini's research interests include topics related to TESOL and modern technology, e-learning, gender differences, and online identity.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Ghamdi

amoalghmdi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Alghamdi is an Assistant Professor at King Abdulaziz University, English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University. He received his BA degree in Literature from King Abdul Aziz University in 1996, and his MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Murray State University, USA in 2003. Dr. Alghamdi received his PhD in Language Programme Evaluation from Newcastle University, UK, in 2015. His major area of research interests include, needs analysis, Emotional Intelligences, ESP and exclusively the integration of the 21st Century Skills with respect to English language learning and teaching process.

Dr. Anas Al-Muhammadi

aalmuhammadi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Al-Muhammadi is an Associate Professor at the English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University. He was awarded a BA in English from Jeddah Teachers’ College in 2008, an MA in TESOL from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA in 2012, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida State University, USA, in 2015. Dr. Al-Muhammadi's research interests include faculty/teacher professional development, program administration, program evaluation, and accreditation.

Dr. Alaa Melebari

amelebari@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Alaa Melebari is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the English language Institute, King Abdulaziz University-Jeddah. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from King Abdulaziz University in 2006. She was awarded two M.A. degrees in Linguistics, one from Eastern Michigan University-USA, and one from State University of New York-Stony Brook, USA where she also obtained a PhD in Linguistics. She teaches both preparatory year students and students pursuing a Masters in TESOL at the ELI.

Dr. Melebari’s research interests include the psycholinguistic/ neuro linguistic aspect of language learning, language processing and language acquisition.

Dr. Arwa Gandeel

agandeel@kau.edu.sa

Dr Arwa Gandeel is an Assistant Professor at KAU/ELI. She is the head of the Preparatory Student Academic Support Committee at the ELI. She received her BA in European Languages (English Language) from King Abdulaziz University, in 2007. She was awarded an MA in TESOL from The University of Leeds, in 2010, and a PhD in TESOL from The University of Leeds, in 2017. She is a certified teacher trainer from Cambridge University Press. Her current research interests are teaching speaking, language teacher and student beliefs, teaching methods, tools and materials and language teacher education, training, and development.

Dr. Baraa Rajab

brajab@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Baraa Rajab is assistant professor of linguistics. She is currently the Vice Dean of Prince Khalid Alfaisal Institute for Moderation at King Abdulaziz University. Her area of expertise includes language acquisition, curriculum design, assessment and professional development. Baraa is TOT certified and has given numerous workshops on innovative teaching methodologies. Her current research interests are second language acquisition, language programs evaluation, and instructional design.

Dr. Basim Alamri

bmalamri@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Alamri is an Assistant Professor in the English Language Institute at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. He received his BA in English Education from Taibah University in Saudi Arabia. He was awarded MA in Linguistics from King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. He also earned MA in TESOL from Murray State University in the United States, and a Ph.D. in TESOL from University of New Mexico in the United States. Currently, Dr. Alamri serves as the Director of the Academic Writing Center at the ELI. His research interests revolve around topics related to L2 academic writing and publishing, including genre studies and corpus linguistics, English for academic and specific purposes, discourse analysis, and technology in the classroom.

Dr. Fatimah Alghamdi

fmalghamdi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Alghamdi is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics. She has worked for the ELI since 1998. She was Head of the Graduate Studies and Research Unit at the ELI Women’s Campus for four years and co-directed the MA TESOL program. She has supervised MA students and is currently locally supervising two PhD joint research students. Dr. Alghamdi gained a BA in English Language and Literature (1997), and an MA in Linguistics (2003) from King Abdulaziz University; and was granted a PhD in Applied Linguistics (2010) by the University of Southampton. She is currently researching academic English writing.

Dr. Hamdan Alzahrani

hfalzahrani@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Alzahrani is an Assistant Professor of TESOL at ELI. He received a BA in English Language and Literature from KAU in 2003. He was awarded an MA in TESOL from the University of Manchester in 2013, and a PhD in Language Education (TESOL) from the University of Leeds in 2020. Dr. Alzahrani’s research interests include practitioner/ teacher research, CPD, teacher cognition, written corrective feedback and template analysis.

Dr. Hassan Qutub

hqutub@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Qutub Graduated in 2001 from Umm Al Qura University with BA in English Language (with a minor in Education). He obtained an MA in Curricula and Methods of Teaching English Language from Umm Al Qura University in 2005. In addition to his local MA degree, he completed an MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics program, Northern Arizona University, Arizona, USA. Finally, he acquired a Doctorate in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (EdD.) from the University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom in 2017. Dr. Qutub worked as a teacher in Saudi public schools, an English Language Educational Supervisor for Saudi public schools, and an Educational Supervisor for international schools in Jeddah before joining The English Language Institute (ELI) at King Abdulaziz University in 2008. Currently, he works as the Head of Quality and Academic Accreditation Unit at the ELI. Dr. Qutub’s research interests include, but not limited to, second language pronunciation, second language acquisition, ESP, and program administration.

Dr. Hussain Haussawi

hhaussawi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Haussawi is an Assistant Professor of TESOL at the English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University. He was awarded a BA in Applied Linguistics from KAU in 1992, an MA in TESOL from the University of Exeter, UK, in 2007, and a PhD in TESOL from the same university in 2016. Dr. Haussawi's research interests include curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation issues.

Dr. Hussein Assalahi

hassalahi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Assalahi is an Assistant Professor of TESOL at the English Language Instiute, King Abdulaziz University. He was awarded a BA in English Language from Umm Al-Qura University in 2001, an MA in Curriculum Design and English Language Instruction from the same university in 2007, and a PhD in TESOL from the University of Exeter, UK in 2016. Dr. Assalahi's particular interests include language teacher professional development, second language teacher education, professionalism, second language acquisition, and critical pedagogy.

Dr. Khaled Al Harthi

kalharte@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Khaled Al-Harthi is an Associate Professor at KAU ELI. He was awarded a BA in English Language and Literature from KAU in 1998, an MA TESL from Arizona State University, USA in 2002, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Newcastle University, UK in 2015. Dr. Al-Harthi's particular interests include all aspects of ESL program administration and evaluation, ESL teaching methodology, curriculum design, and e-Learning.

Dr. Maha Halabi

mshalabi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Maha Halabi is an Assistant Professor at KAU/ELI. She received her BA in English Language Literature and Education in 1984 . She was awarded an MA in TESOL from Umm Al-Qura University in 1994 , and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom in 2017. Dr. Halabi’s research interests include learners’ autonomy, teachers’ autonomy , English language teaching/learning strategies , TESOL , the tutors’ perceptions of English language teaching, methods and approaches of English language teaching ( F2F & online ), and research methods & techniques for language instructors.

Dr. Mazin Mansory

mmmansory@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Mansory is an Assistant Professor of TESOL at the English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University. He was awarded a BA in Languages & Translation from King Saud University, Riyadh, in 2000, an MA in TESOL from Nottingham Trent University, UK, in 2008, and a PhD in TESOL from the University of Exeter, UK, in 2016. Dr. Mansory's research interests include teachers’ roles in ELT assessment.

Dr. Miriam Alkubaidi

malkubaidi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Miriam Alkubaidi is an Assistant Professor at KAU/ELI. She received her BA in English literature and Language Teaching from King Abdulaziz University in 2004. She was awarded an MA in TESOL from Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. In 2010, she earned a Distinguished Performance Award for her Master degree in Applied Linguistics in TESOL. She completed her PhD in Trinity College: The University of Dublin in Applied Linguistics in 2017. Dr. Miriam’s research interests include, Action Research, Second Language Writing, Critical Pedagogy, Policy Reform, Adult Education, and Teacher Identity.

Dr. Mona Sabir

msabir@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Mona Sabir is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, the Supervisor of the Academic Research Section at KAU/ELI, and the Supervisor of the Learning Outcomes Development Administration at KAU/CEOALM. She received her BA in English Language and Literature from KAU Department of European Languages and Literature in 2003. She was then awarded an MA degree in Linguistics from the same department in 2008. She went on to study and research at the University of Leeds, UK, where she was awarded a PhD degree in Applied Linguistics in 2015. Dr. Sabir’s research interests include theoretical linguistics, management and leadership, L2 acquisition of meaning, and L2 classroom experimental research.

Dr. Muna Alosaimi

malesemi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Muna Alosaimi is an Assistant Professor at KAU/ELI. She received her BA in English Language from King Abdulaziz University. She was awarded an MA in TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, in 2014, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from University of Memphis, USA in 2019. Dr. Alosaimi’s research interests include language awareness and literacy, language socialization, agency, identity, and teacher education. Dr. Alosaimi’s research is characterized by integrating perspectives from interdisciplinary fields, utilizing triangulation of various methods to enhance deep investigation and multiple interpretations of the research phenomena.

Dr. Mustafa Hersi

mhersi@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Mustafa Hersi is an Assistant Professor at KAU/ELI. He received his BA at KAU in Linguistics. He was awarded an MA in Educational Supervision and Curriculum Development (English Language) from Umm Al-Qura University in 2006. He was awarded his second Master of Arts in TESOL from Murray State University, Murray, KY, USA, 2013 and a PhD in Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA in 2018. Dr. Hersi’s research interests include identity and language learning , teacher professional identity, teacher professional development and Critical Race Theory.

Dr. Nada Gamlo

ngamlo@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Nada Gamalo is an associate professor at KAU/EL. She received her BA in English Language and Literature from King Abdulaziz University. She was awarded an MA in TESOL from Newcastle University, Newcastle in 2000, and a Doctor in Education from Warwick University, Coventry in England in 2014. My Dr. Gamlo’s research interests are primarily in the area of ICT in teaching and learning, with particular interest in mobile learning in EFL teaching and learning. She is also interested in the professional development of ICT teachers and how to motivate their students to utilize mobile Applications for learning English.

Dr. Nashwa Saaty

nsaaty@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Nashwa Saaty is an Assistant Professor at KAU/ELI. She received her BA in English Language and Literature from King Abdulaziz University in 2002. She was awarded an MA in Applied Linguistics from The University of Nottingham, England, in 2008, and a Ph.D. in TESOL from the same university in 2015. Dr. Saaty’s research interests include L2 motivation, educational psychology and curriculum development.

Dr. Rania Hani

rmohamad@kau.edu.sa

Rania Hani Mohammed is an Assistant Professor at the English Language Institute in King Abdulaziz University. She obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics and Technology from Iowa State University, USA, in 2019. Her research interests include using corpus tools to examine prosodic variation that contributes to the rhetorical organization of speech within various registers. Additionally, she is interested in creating corpus-driven pedagogical materials.

Dr. Reem Fattani

rafatani@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Reem Fattani is an Assistant Professor at KAU/ELI. She received her BA in European Languages: English from King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia in 2003. She was awarded an MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom in 2013, and a PhD from the same university in 2019. Her doctoral thesis is about profiling lexical bundles in an EAP pre-sessional course: a corpus-based study on textbooks and instructors’ materials. Dr. Fattani’s research interests include academic writing, formulaic language (e.g., lexical bundle & collocation), corpus linguistics, and English for Academic and Specific Purposes (EAP/ESP).

Dr. Sarah Baeshin

sabaeshin@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Sarah Baeshin is an Assistant Professor at KAU/ELI. She received her BA in European Languages (English Language) from King Abdulaziz University, in 2007. She was awarded an MSc in Applied Linguistics from The University of Edinburgh, in 2009, and a PhD in TESOL from The University of Edinburgh, in 2016.

Dr. Baeshin’s research interests include bilingualism/ multilingualism in education,World Englishes, teachers’ beliefs and second language teacher education.

Dr. Shams Bukhari

shbukhari@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Shams Bukhari is an assistant professor at King Abdulaziz University, English Language Institute. She received her BA in European Languages/ English Literature from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She was awarded an MA in TESOL from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom and a PhD in Education, TESOL from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Dr. Shams’s research interests include bilingualism, Using L1 in EFL classrooms, teaching methods and students’ and teachers’ attitudes towards L1 use when learning English.

Dr. Wafaa Alshangiti

walshangiti@kau.edu.sa

Wafaa Alshangiti is an assistant professor in experimental phonetics at King Abdulaziz University. She received a bachelor degree in English Language 2002 from KAU, MA in linguistics from University College London (UCL) 2010, and a PhD degree in Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences from UCL, 2015. Her research is concerned with speech perception and production, with specific focus on second language phonetic acquisition. Lately, she became interested in investigating brain activities related to category discrimination of second language phonemes. She received a research Grant from KAU 2016 for children training study in a government school, for which she designed with her coauthors a training software: https://mwibrow.github.io/calvin-demo/. Currently, she is working on a couple of studies that investigate the importance of articulatory training on pronunciation and speakers’ intelligibility. She is a member in the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP),the International Phonetics Association (IPA), and the Saudi TESOL.

Dr. Zilal Meccawy

zmeccawy@kau.edu.sa

Dr. Meccawy is an Assistant Professor of Education at KAU/ ELI. She received her BA in English Language & Literature from KAU in 1999/ 2000. She was awarded an MA in Renaissance & Romantic Literature from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2001, and a PhD in Education from the University of Nottingham in 2010. Dr. Zilal’s research interests include SLA, language assessment & testing, culture & language, student and teacher identity, bilingualism, technology in language education, and qualitative methods. She is currently the Supervisor of the Professional Development and Mentoring Sections at the PDU, ELI (2018-present).

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