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danshengou



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't need a Ph.D. to get the job. You just need an MA and some relevant Gulf experience to get an interview and for them to like you. That's it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

danshengou wrote:
You don't need a Ph.D. to get the job. You just need an MA and some relevant Gulf experience to get an interview and for them to like you. That's it.

No one is stating that a doctorate is required. However, there are PhD/EdD holders throughout GCC universities who teach EFL in addition to conducting research and teaching in academic programs.

From QU's English Foundation website:

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Responsibilities include teaching up to 18 contact hours per week in our University entry program or our programs for undergraduate students; contributing to and participating in curriculum and program development, e-learning, testing and assessment, student advising and support activities.
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Qualifications
    - Master's degree/PhD in TESOL, Applied Linguistics or ELT from a reputably accredited university/program.
    - at least three years' EAP/EFL/ESL teaching experience at university/tertiary level (overseas experience is desirable).
    - experience in testing and assessment, instructional technology, and curriculum and materials development.
    - experience in teaching university-level EAP/ EFL/ ESL academic writing / research skills is preferred.
    - ability to adapt to and participate in different cultures and learning environments.
    - ability to contribute to an innovative and challenging academic instructional program is an asset.
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danshengou



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't say a phd was required either. Just clarifying that one can easily get hired there to teach a bit of anglais without it, as long as you have the minimum quals, get an interview, and they like you. Again, don't stress about the Ph.D. bit in the advert, just the MA is all that is needed.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

danshengou wrote:
I didn't say a phd was required either. Just clarifying that one can easily get hired there to teach a bit of anglais without it, as long as you have the minimum quals, get an interview, and they like you. Again, don't stress about the Ph.D. bit in the advert, just the MA is all that is needed.

The ad is clear about the requirement of either a relevant MA or PhD. However, these positions are competitive; meeting just the minimum quals doesn't guarantee an interview. Employers are looking for standouts not mediocrity.
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danshengou



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
Employers are looking for standouts not mediocrity.


I will say it once more. If you get an interview and they like you, that's all that matters. You don't need a phd to get an interview. If hired you will be teaching non-matriculated students with low levels of anglais. An MA is actually overkill.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they are indeed calling it 'anglais,' then it seems they aren't being very effectively taught. Maybe they do need PhD qualified teachers rather than those candidates the interviewers find likeable;-)

Personally, I'd be suspicious of the likeability criteria.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone else posted but I don't see an answer. What is the pay range at QU?

The working conditions? student behavior?

thanks
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have an MA, Sammy? (your competition would be the many teachers with advanced degrees and extensive university level experience in the UAE who are fleeing HCT)

It is required at all of the major universities around the Gulf... even though we all know that it really isn't needed to do the required teaching.

They have switched many of their majors to be taught in Arabic, so their Foundations level EFL hiring has declined. It's been awhile since we had many (or any) posters who were current teachers there. We haven't been able to get updates on the situation.

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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plus, the majority of direct-hire jobs in the GCC calculate salary based on the applicant's specific qualifications, skills, and verified experience, especially given requirements like those above. Therefore, you can't rely on what others earn; you'd have to apply to see what you'd be offered.
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ThirstyInTheDesert



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I know, Qatar U's FPDE is looking for teachers next year. I have heard from friends that the number is around 10. I have also heard that they have had over a hundred applicants already. I've heard different stories about online programs. Some say online degrees or blended degrees need not apply. Some say go for it. I'd agree with those who say go for it, never hurts to at least try.
Benefits-wise:
-salary seems to start around 15000/16000 QAR but your starting amount is probably tied to your experience as someone has already mentioned.
-trip money, medical, insurance coverage (don't know details here)
-ESG
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Married Faculty get Villas
Unmarried had been living in Ezdan Hotel but I have heard they are now moving into a building in Lusail with 2 bedroom apartments.

Work-wise, nice faculty, people have told me they like the job and the students. Contact hours are supposed to be 18, if you work less you will have extra work, i.e. committee tasks and tutoring assignments to make up the difference.[/list]
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