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Chairman of the Saudi TESOL Founding Committee

Dr. Abdullah Al-Bargi


Dr. Abdullah Al-Bargi 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.

Since June 2020, Dr. Al-Bargi has been assigned to lead a major national ELT project plan for the Ministry of Education.

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).

Prof. Ibrahim Al-Garni

Prof. Ibrahim Al-Garni is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at King Saud University. He has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Ball State University, USA. and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Essex, UK (1998).He became an Associate Professor in 2008, and Full Professor in early 2019.

He is the author and translator of several publications, including the Arabic translation of "Vocabulary Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching" (2010), the “Autonomy in Second Language Learning: Managing the Resources” (2018) and “The Rutledge Encyclopaedia of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics” (2019).

Besides his academic work, Prof. Al-Garni is currently serving as the Dean of the College of Languages and Translation and the Head of the Translation Center at King Saudi University. He also worked as a consultant for the Saudi Education Evaluation Commission for three years and for the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education for five years. He worked as the Deputy Saudi Cultural Attaché and Cultural attaché's assistant in Australia for many years and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Wales, Swansea in the summer of 2005.