The Ministry of Education and U.S. Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Launch the Teaching English for Young Learners Program
On Wednesday October 20, 2021, His Excellency the Vice Minister of Education, Dr. Saad bin Saud Alfahaid, in partnership with Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Denison Offutt, launched the “Teaching English for Young Learners in Saudi Arabia” program (TEYL-KSA). The event was attended by Deputy Minister for General Education, Dr. Muhammad bin Saud Almugbel, the Director General of Scholarships, Ms. Badriya Alghanim, program directors from George Mason University and FHI360, as well as participants in the program.
The Vice Minister of Education thanked the U.S. Embassy for their assistance in organizing the program, in coordination with George Mason University and FHI360. He stated that this partnership between the ministry and the embassy will help strengthen their friendship and efforts to share best practices in education. The Vice Minister lauded efforts by the Ministry of Education to support the teaching and learning of English as a global language of science and economics. “Learning English will support the Kingdom's Vision 2030 goals in becoming a vibrant society and prosperous economy. The Ministry is pleased to support the teaching of English in the early stages of education.”
Deputy Chief of Mission, Denison Offutt, expressed how pleased he is for the Mission to partner in this program, which will contribute to the goals of Vision 2030. He applauded the initiative of the Ministry of Education to start teaching English in early primary grades as this will give Saudi Arabia fuller access to American and global markets and would provide greater opportunities to share the Kingdom’s proud culture with the rest of the world.
Dr. Muhammad Almogbel, Deputy Minister for General Education, explained that the program will support the Ministry’s goals to teach English to young students by training 200 Saudi district English supervisors in strategies for teaching English to young learners. The supervisors will then facilitate training for over 5,000 English teachers in instructional techniques for students in first through third grades.
The Director General of Scholarships, Badriya Alghanim, noted that nomination to the program was based on candidates’ excellence in teaching and training, as well as their ability to speak English. Those who complete the training will receive a certificate from George Mason University, the U.S. Embassy, as well as 30 hours of professional development training.