The Board of Saudi TESOL, the organization established in December 2020 at the English Language Institute at King Abdulaziz University, has announced the election of Dr.Abdullah Al-Bargi as the first president of the only TESOL association organized in Saudi Arabia and approved by the Ministry of Education.
The election announcement came during the first meeting of the Board of Directors on Thursday, September 9, 2021 following a secure and anonymous voting process.
Joining Dr. Al-Bargi in the newly elected Saudi TESOL leadership are Dr. Turki Alsolami, the organization’s first Vice President, Dr. Wafa Alotaibi, Saudi TESOL Secretary, and Dr. Bandar Al-Sobhi, Saudi TESOL Treasurer.
In reaction to his election as President, Dr. Al-Bargi, remarked, “It is an honor to be elected the very first President of this very important organization and to be given the chance to lead Saudi TESOL in achieving its goals of putting English language instruction in Saudi Arabia on par with that of other nations. We already have world-class instructors, administrators, and researchers in the Kingdom and Saudi TESOL will call on its administrators and members to make TESOL instruction here the best in the world.”
The Board oversees the general operations and strategic action plans of the growing organization, which aspires to be a professional hub for the development of exemplary English-language teaching and to offer networking opportunities for TESOL professionals inside and outside of the Kingdom. Saudi TESOL currently includes more than 2,300 TESOL professionals.
Saudi TESOL is dedicated to becoming a conduit for elevating the quality of English language instruction across all education levels in the Kingdom. It is committed to performing research and organizing conferences and symposia to this end, as well as forming relationships with international TESOL bodies for the exchange of information and effective pedagogical practices.