In the summer of 2010, my family and I left our longtime home of Vermont to start a new life in the United Arab Emirates. My employer recruited several hundred certified secondary English teachers from around the English-speaking world as part of a broader educational initiative to boost the English, critical thinking, and general academic […]
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My name is Gregory Askew, an EFL teacher from the United States. In 2010, my wife, daughter, and I left our long-time home of Vermont, the Green Mountain State, for the “Green City” of the United Arab Emirates—Al Ain. I had been hired by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) to teach secondary English as part of their larger educational initiative to raise UAE schools up to an international standard. Currently we are completing our sixth year abroad and I have secured my most lucrative position yet—working as an English trainer for a UAE gas company.
Working internationally has proven to be the confluence of some of my greatest passions in life—working with young people, international travel, language learning, cultural exchange, and nature studies to name a few—and I am thrilled by the challenges and opportunities each new day abroad presents. I hope to have a long and prosperous career as an international teacher of English.
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In the previous post I talked about how learning Arabic helped me build rapport with my students and manage behavior problems. L1 use in the ESL classroom is not ideal; however, I have found that working with a large class of mixed-ability students in a compulsory educational setting under a singular, prescriptive curriculum has made […]
When I first began studying Arabic, the response from my students and Arab colleagues was resoundingly positive and supportive. They are deeply proud of their language, especially Arab Muslims for whom Arabic (classical Arabic) is the language of the Qur’an, and they love it when foreign teachers attempt to learn the language. – Get the […]