EFL Teaching Recommendations

Recommendations for Teaching English in Saudi Arabia

English Teachers are advised to follow all the rules and regulation issued by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia. They also should keep in mind the following points . . .

A. Preparation Notebook

  1. Your Preparation Notebook should contain:
  • Your full name
  • Your teaching qualification (certificate)
  • The qualification source (college or university) and city
  • Grade(s) taught, periods’ number for each grade, and total periods taught per week
  • Additional duties assigned for you by the school administration
  • Your current mobile number
  • Your current address
  • A list of all the training courses you attended (whether educational, linguistic, computer, . . .etc)
  1. General and specific English language teaching objectives
  2. The  list of the skills and sub skills for the third grade
  3. A detailed syllabus distribution for the third grade
  4. A list of the teaching regulations issued by the Ministry of Education in      Saudi Arabia for English language teaching with their dates
  5. A  list of the most frequently used measurable verbs in writing the      behavioral objectives
  6. A list of useful teaching references and resources (books, articles, websites . . . etc)
  7. Teaching aids used by the teacher plus a list of all the available teaching aids at school

B. Lesson Planning:

Before starting your daily lesson plan, you should make sure that your lesson plan covers the following points . . .

  1. Whether using horizontal or vertical lesson planning; each lesson plan should contain the following:
    • Date, unit, lesson, title, period, and stage
    • General Objectives (as mentioned in the teachers’ manual)
    • Specific Objectives (cognitive, affective, psychomotor)
    • New vocabulary
    • Teaching aids
    • Comprehensive review
    • Procedure (presentation; practice; application; evaluation; expansion)
    • Home work
  2. Prepare each lesson separately (do not combine two lessons)
  3. Write at least two specific objectives for each domain
  4. Use measurable objectives
  5. Use multiple teaching aids each time
  6. Your comprehensive review should cover most of the previous lessons not only the previous one!
  7. Try as much as possible to cover all the language skills in your comprehensive review
  8. The procedure of your lesson should at least go through three stages: presentation, practice, and application
  9. The assigned home work should cover all the major points of your lesson as well as all the language skills

B. In Class:

Always remember to . . .

  1. Begin your period with a warming up (greeting, writing the date on the board, and checking and correcting the previous homework with your students).
  2. Use your daily follow up register during the period.
  3. Use proper teaching methods, techniques, and strategies.
  4. Use proper teaching aids and to use realia and authentic materials as much as possible.
  5. Give comprehensive review.
  6. Give an interesting introductory commentary of the new lesson to your students using proper teaching aids if necessary, and if possible build on their previous knowledge or experience of your new lesson content.
  7. Your procedure should follow logical steps of presentation, practice, application, evaluation, and expansion.
  8. In the presentation phase: you introduce the new material using proper teaching aids if possible, give your students a short overview of the goals and content of the lesson, and give them plenty of examples to understand the general idea of the lesson.
  9. During the practice phase: you and your students start practicing the new material by answering already prepared proper exercises. You can ask your students to work in pairs or groups while you go around them and offer help when needed.
  10. In the application phase: you ask your students to work individually on prepared exercises to see how much of the new material they understand.
  11. In the evaluation phase: you explain ‘again’ the points you think your students have not ‘yet’ fully understand. You may also, elicit answers or examples or explanation for these points from other students.
  12. In the expansion phase: you give your students hints on how they might use the new material/information/knowledge outside the class. Here, you give your students their homework too!
  13. Remember to vary your teaching techniques, methods, strategies whenever you feel that your students are bored or lost.
  14. Prepare your lessons carefully and always evaluate your performance.
  15. Use clear measurable teaching objectives with specific learning outcome.
  16. Use well prepared and varied teaching aids when needed. Do not overuse your teaching aids inside the class. You should always have in mind the objectives of using each aid you are planning to use.
  17. Work on your pronunciation by listening to native speakers’ pronunciation.

C. Teacher’s file:

Your file should contain:

  1. Copies of the written work.
  2. Copies of the skills records for the stage you are teaching.
  3. A copy of the participation and activities mark distribution for all the stages you are teaching.
  4. A copy of the teaching aids card.
  5. A copy of these recommendations.

D. Work Sheets:

  1. Your worksheets should cover all the skills, sub-skills covered in the previous lessons.
  2. The question should be varied and interesting.
  3. They should contain all the necessary information such as the name of the school, class, unit . . . etc.
  4. You should keep a fair copy of each written exercise in your teacher’s file with a sample answer too.    
  5. Make sure that they are kept in each student’s files.
  6. Do not forget to correct them on the spot for your students.

E. Students’ Evaluation:

  1. The students’ performance is evaluated by their participation and activities work.
  2. Use your daily follow-up register inside your class.
  3. Do not concentrate on good students in participation and always try to ask most of your class to participate.
  4. Give weaker students more chances to participate.
  5. Cover all the skills using different types of questions.
  6. Follow the models according to the new regulation for the students’ evaluation
  7. Evaluate the classes once after each lesson.

F. Correcting students’ notes, books, and files:

  1. You should correct all your students’ notes, books, and files regularly.
  2. You should make sure that your students have written all previous lessons in their notes.
  3. You should make sure that your students have answered all of the workbook exercises correctly.
  4. You should make sure that your students have answered all of the written exercises correctly.


English Language Supervisor,

Amjaad MH.

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