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aliasrachel



Joined: 04 Aug 2014
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 9:13 pm    Post subject: Dhofar University Reply with quote

Does anyone work at Dhofar University or know anything about it. They are currently advertising on TESOL.
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1st Sgt Welsh



Joined: 13 Dec 2010
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Location: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never worked there, but, it is located in Salalah, which, IMHO, is one of the best spots in the Gulf. Most of the students will be Jabalis and, I dare say, won't be particularly motivated, but, that's typical for the region. Staff used to have trouble getting liquor licenses, but, that was a while ago and I'm not sure if that is still the case. Met a few people who worked there for years so they obviously thought it was OK. Sorry, that's all I can tell you.....
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aliasrachel



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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I looked at photos of Salalah and it looks gorgeous! I loved Muscat when I visited a few years ago and would live there, though I'm not so much a city gal.
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Earthbound



Joined: 11 May 2018
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Location: Europe

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:12 am    Post subject: Working at Dhofar University Reply with quote

I have worked at Dhofar University and I know a lot about the place.
English teachers work on two separate programmes:majors and the foundation programme. The former makes for a pleasant work experience, but the latter should be avoided at all costs.
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madrileno



Joined: 19 Aug 2010
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Location: Salalah, Oman

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Working at Dhofar University Reply with quote

Earthbound wrote:

English teachers work on two separate programmes:majors and the foundation programme. The former makes for a pleasant work experience, but the latter should be avoided at all costs.


Do you at least have a say in where you're placed? Or do you just have to work wherever the admin assigns you?
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aliasrachel



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earthbound: what didn't you like about the Foundation Course?
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Earthbound



Joined: 11 May 2018
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:39 am    Post subject: FP or Majors Reply with quote

You apply to work on one of the two programmes. I believe there are advertisements for staff needed on the DU website.
That said, it is every FP teacher's dream to escape and work on the majors. Very few teachers succeed through this route as all attempts are consistently blocked. Some single-minded, persistent teachers have made it despite all the obstacles.
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Earthbound



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject: What's to like? Reply with quote

In FP, a teacher's lot is not a happy one. You have to fight constant battles on three separate fronts with students, teaching colleagues and the management. I'm sure you can imagine some of the challenges, but with that place, it's something special, where do you start?! Give it a wide berth.
Have you considered applying to either the College of Technology, or the College of Applied Sciences in Salalah. Former FP teachers who either jumped or were pushed have found their niche in these places.
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Earthbound



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:53 am    Post subject: Deleted post Reply with quote

It came as no surprise that a most illuminating post about FP was removed from this forum. They did the same last year after someone had posted an extremely well-written analysis of the place. Own goal number two!
It's worth visiting the DU website. Look at the latest newsletter on the FP page. You would be forgiven for thinking you were reading a description of Utopia! It's all there. List of unparalleled achievements. Tick. Prizes for everyone. Tick. Lots of smiling happy faces. Tick. Everything fine and dandy. Tick. Read between the lines. If it sounds too good to be true, then it is.
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If any post was removed, it would have been because it broke the new rule about length. Obviously if it was about negative reviews, all 3 of yours would be gone.

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