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January 28, 2014

Saudi Arabia | Education | Business

Pearson wins key Saudi teaching contract

Pearson has been chosen to partner with a local firm to improve and monitor the quality of English language teaching in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s strategic education services company Tatweer has joined hands with top learning company Pearson to develop a new project aimed at developing the standard of English language providers in the kingdom.

The English Partnership Management Project is a flagship programme of the Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) in implementing King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s Project for Development of Public Education, and forms part of Saudi’s broader education reform agenda to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the Kingdom.

The project aims to improve the English language proficiency of teachers in order to enhance the quality of English language teaching throughout the Kingdom.

Under the contract, Pearson has been tasked with ensuring that the quality of English language instruction delivered to teachers meets stringent, international standards.

Throughout this project, Pearson will monitor the performance of third party English language training providers who work with the Kingdom’s English language teachers, said the company in its statement.

The Tatweer programme will feature a number of initiatives affecting Saudi Arabia’s English language training providers, including:

Read the full article from Trade Arabia.

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November 25, 2013

Teacher Development | Saudi Arabia

US experts to train Saudis in ELT

The Saudi Arabian government has invited specialists from Colombia University to train Saudi teachers in English language teaching.

The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Colombia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

They will also visit public schools to elicit the views and opinions of students and teachers on the curriculum.

The specialists will conduct surveys during their visits to schools and interact with staff and students to gather information on the benefits they have derived from the present curriculum and methods of teaching.

This initiative has been taken within the framework of the Project of King Abdullah for Public Educational Development, for which international educational companies aim to develop a curriculum in schools for next year.

Sources said reports submitted to the Ministry of Education had stated that students were weak in the English language.

This prompted the Educational Services Development Company (ESDC), appointed to develop the English portfolio, to sign contracts with international universities specialized in training teachers and supervisors teaching English at school level.

Read the full article from Arab News.

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