OnTESOL Review: Teaching in the UAE with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC)

OnTESOL Review: Abu Dhabi Education Council Review Teaching English with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has been a life-changing experience. The summer of 2010 was a really dispiriting time as I was facing the prospect of unemployment in the United States just as I began my career as a certified English teacher. I had applied for only the few positions that matched my credentials and experience and interviewed, unsuccessfully, for only two (one among over a thousand candidates for each job). That’s when I decided to cast a wider net and landed my current position in the UAE.

About the author: Greg completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma and has more than 5 years of experience in the United Arab Emirates.

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Teach and Travel! Tourism in the United Arab Emirates

Teaching United Arab EmiratesThe United Arab Emirates is a small country, almost the size of South Carolina; however, it is more diverse than as portrayed in, say, the recent Mission Impossible. There’s more beyond the glitzy modern cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and the vast dune-scapes of the interior. Be sure to explore some of the UAE’s less familiar places of interest. A long holiday weekend should suffice for getting a taste of the charms and attractions of these off-the-beaten-track locales.

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Tapping the Local Vein: TESOL and the UAE’s Rich Cultural Heritage

United Arab Emirates CultureEmiratis are highly proud of their culture and traditions. This provides ESL instructors many opportunities to take advantage of a fruitful synergy in the classroom. The government of the UAE, in fact, mandates that English teachers in ADEC schools actively incorporate an emphasis on the country’s cultural heritage. A little research will introduce you to the most prominent features of the local culture—such as hospitality customs, Islamic holidays, and the Bedouin pastimes of camel racing and falconry—as well as ample sources of authentic materials to use in your classrooms. Learning a little Arabic as well will only enhance your appreciation and sense of possibility.

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Differentiation: Classroom Management in The United Arab Emirates

Classroom Management United Arab EmiratesEnglish teachers in the UAE commonly complain that their curriculum is too challenging and too demanding for their students, who are not proficient enough to meet those demands. Experienced ESL teachers know that class behavior can deteriorate if the level of instruction is not suited to the needs of the students. For teachers in the UAE, attempting to teach a curriculum that’s misaligned to their students’ proficiency can be especially frustrating. In this article, I will discuss a classroom practice that can preempt behavior issues and enhance student learning—differentiation.

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Teaching IELTS in the United Arab Emirates

Teaching IELTSThe IELTS exam is an internationally recognized measure of an individual’s English proficiency and, in the United Arab Emirates, one of the main proficiency tests for admissions to higher education as well as professional advancement.

Higher education programs typically look for a score of 4.5 to 6.0 on a 9-band scale. Many Emirati secondary students begin their training for IELTS during grade 11 or 12. The range of levels in a typical classroom means teachers have a more difficult time providing generalized exam preparation. For this reason, a mix of targeted language instruction and skills development are required.

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Managing an Emirati Classroom: Advice and Admonitions

Classroom Management United Arab EmiratesStudent behavior is perhaps the biggest challenge awaiting teachers new to the United Arab Emirates. While the full banquet of naughtiness is not too different from a Western school, several cultural factors can make for a rocky first year. Here are some things to consider:

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How The OnTESOL Diploma is Opening Doors in the United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi cityIn this article, Greg Askew explains how the 250-hour TESOL Diploma helped him obtain more lucrative positions in the United Arab Emirates. He started as an ADEC teacher in 2010 and began a more lucrative position with ADVETI in 2013.  In the summer of 2014, Greg became a certified IELTS examiner, which he does once a month as he continues working full-time with ADVETI.

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Teaching Writing in UAE Part III: Rhetorical and Syntactical Structures

Teaching English Writing in the UAE TESOLIn my final blog on teaching English in the United Arab Emirates, you will learn about the challenges of teaching rhetorical and syntactical structures in the UAE.

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Teaching Writing in UAE Part II – Lexical and Grammatical Interference

Teaching Writing in Abu Dhabu - Teaching ADEC TESOLA prominent form of grammatical interference that manifests more often in students’ writing than in speech is a redundancy in the parts of a sentence (i.e. subjects, verbs, objects). It is not unusual to encounter constructions similar to “Mohammed he loves a girl he met her last year” (redundancy in the subject and object), yet this, in fact, is a direct translation of the same sentence written in formal Arabic. Inappropriate pronouns don’t just stop at redundancy. Arabic’s rules for gender often lead to the incorrect use of ‘he’ or ‘she’ instead of ‘it’ for inanimate or neuter nouns because there is no corresponding word for ‘it’ in Arabic; it is a dual gender language. Further confusion comes from Arabic’s pronoun-antecedent rule for inanimate plural nouns, which, no matter the gender of the singular noun, always take ‘she’ when plural.

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Teaching Writing in the UAE Part I: Orthographic and Spelling Considerations

Teaching writing in the United Arab Emirates TESOLAs mentioned in one of my previous posts, the mixed-ability classroom is the norm in the UAE, but an EFL teacher new to the country may be shocked at just how broad that range of abilities is. It is not uncommon to have a few students, who, despite vast exposure to English in school, still cannot properly write their own names in the language.

Very rarely do you find students who are solidly proficient in English. EFL teachers around the Arab world frequently note that while their students may be able to speak English at a satisfactory BICS level and understand when spoken to them, the majority have great difficulty with reading and writing in the language.

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