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Dr. Abdullah Al-Bargi


Dr. Abdullah Al-Bargi is the President of Saudi TESOL. He is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics. He has a PhD in Linguistics/Rhetoric and Composition (2006) and an MA TESL (2001) from Arizona State University, USA. He is a certified site reviewer for the US-based Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

Prior to his appointment as Dean of the English Language Institute (ELI) at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in early 2017, Dr. Al-Bargi had served as the ELI Vice-Dean for Development for seven years. He had also served as the Supervisor General of the Strategic Planning Unit in the Office of the KAU Vice-President for Educational Affairs.

In June 2020, KAU assigned Dr. Al-Bargi to lead a national team for planning a major government ELT project .

Dr. Al-Bargi chairs the ELI Council and the KAU Preparatory Year Management Committee. He is a member of the US Linguistic Society of America (LSA) and also of two of its committees: Language in the School Curriculum Committee (LiSC) and the Linguistics in Higher Education Committee. (LiHeC).

Dr. Turki Al-Solami


Dr. Turki Al-Solami, Vice President of Saudi TESOL. He is an Assistant Professor of TESOL. He has a BA in English Language and Literature from KAU (2002), an MA in TESOL from New South Wales University, Australia (2004), and a PhD in TESOL from Flinders University, Australia (2013).

Dr. Al-Solami had served in a wide range of higher administrative and executive capacities at ELI prior to his appointment as Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies & Academic Research in 2019. He served as ELI Administrative and Financial Affairs Supervisor from 2014-2015 and as E-learning & Distance Education Unit Head from 2017 to 2019.