Message from the Chairman
A very warm welcome to the Saudi Association for English Language Education (Saudi TESOL).
As I greet you for the first time as Chairman of the Saudi TESOL Founding Committee, I am absolutely thrilled and profoundly honored to be able to serve with my colleagues on the committee to pave the way for the first official association of its kind, approved and supported by the Ministry of Education, and in complete adherence to the law governing academic associations in Saudi Arabia. I am proud to be speaking to you and assure you that I, along with my fellow committee members, will earnestly endeavor to speak on behalf of you all.
The launching of our association is a momentous occasion in the history of English language education in Saudi Arabia and provides us with an opportunity to extend deep appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the President of King Abdulaziz University, Prof. Abdulrahman Al-Youbi and to acknowledge the tremendous support he has given us in making the Association a reality.
We are the premier academic association for professionals engaged in the study, teaching, management, and all aspects of English language education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We understand that Saudi TESOL has a critical role to play in support of Vision 2030 and the quality of language education Kingdom-wide. In order to meet the demands of this role, we have built Saudi TESOL’s activities around a mission statement that establishes priorities for quality improvement and professional development for English language teachers in addition to consultation and research in English language education. Our association will represent individuals and organizations actively committed to the effective teaching and learning of English as a second/foreign language.
The Founding Committee and I will do our utmost to establish the Association in-line with best practices until the first Board of Directors is elected. Our anticipated professional activities, publications, and partnerships will provide venues and opportunities for members to hone their professional skills and learn about all the advances taking place in our field.
We aim very high in terms of expectations, and we are absolutely determined to play a pivotal role in achievement of the noble aims of Vision 2030. The vision recognizes that our human resources are our most vital and precious assets, and our association aims to stimulate and enhance every aspect of our field throughout the Kingdom and beyond in their service. Proficiency in English language is a skill that is crucial for our youth to acquire to enable them to take on the challenges of the national and international workplace. We wish for them to be equipped with the skill-sets that will empower them to take up their future roles with complete confidence and to succeed in all they set their minds on doing and becoming. Our association will give our English language education professionals the means and wherewithal to guide and assist our youth on their future bright beckoning pathways.
In the coming years, we will work together to improve English language teaching and learning in the Kingdom to face and overcome current challenges, so we can take center stage in regional and global English language education.
May the professional activities and publications that Saudi TESOL is planning to provide positively impact future generations for years to come.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Bargi
Chairman of the Saudi TESOL Founding Committee
Dean of the English Language Institute
King Abdulaziz University