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Signor



Joined: 07 Sep 2004
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Location: Qatar

PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 12:38 pm    Post subject: The Language Teaching Institute, Qatar Reply with quote

Saw an advert on the Job Boards - is this a new company? Has anyone got any information on them?

Thanks
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Hector_Lector



Joined: 20 Apr 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Run by the Ministry of Education, this used to be a rather good place to work. 12 hours teaching per week, housing, plane tickets and 2 months holiday in the summer. Not the highest paid job in Qatar (approx. 6 thousand Riyals per month in 1993), but certainly not too stressful.

Until the beards took over...
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dmb



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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(approx. 6 thousand Riyals per month in 1993)
I hope it has increased. That is very very low.
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Hector_Lector



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not far below the average in 1993.

Not bad for three days of teaching.
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Signor



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until the beards took over...

Sounds ominous - and then what happened? Please, please tell.

Who are the students? What is the salary worth in UAE dirhams?

Any more up to date info out here?
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Hector_Lector



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The students were great - Qataris working for the government. A lot of military - in the build up to the war in 1991, they all came to lessons armed to the teeth - 24 hour stand-by. I had a weapons box by the door - full of assorted assault rifles, machine guns, pistols and grenades.

In 1993, Qatarisation hit in a big way - primary school teachers of English being promoted to Heads of Department, and so on. Not so bad - the worst thing was an evil bearded wonder who joined as junior librarian and used up our year´s supply of board pens to censor textbooks. Pictures of humans - haraam!

Present day conditions - no idea. Salary? No idea.

Brilliant Arabic teachers - at least, they used to be. Anyone working for government departments is eligible for lessons.
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qatarguest



Joined: 29 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 10:06 am    Post subject: The Language Teaching Institute Reply with quote

Salary now is QR 11,950, travel allowance QR 800, accomodation and flights for family (up to three children) included.



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veiledsentiments



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Location: USA

PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like your blog... I have bookmarked to recommend to people who ask me about life in Qatar.

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qatarguest



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
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lollaerd



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:53 pm    Post subject: Closing Down Reply with quote

This has been one of Qatar's success stories. Teachers never complain about this place or its manager. Too bad it's on the way out.


Shock over SEC decision to shut language institute
The decision by the Supreme Education Council (SEC) to close down the language institute for good with effect from June this year has come a shock to many people, says a report published in a local Arabic daily.
The institute was established several decades ago under the aegis of the ministry of education to cater the need of Qatari nationals employed in government and private sectors to acquire proficiency in various foreign languages.
The certificates of proficiency obtained by them in the foreign language of their choice helped them in bettering their job prospects.
It also offered different levels of proficiency in written and spoken Arabic to expatriates who wished to learn Arabic.
The decision to close the institute has put many people, especially Qatari nationals, in jeopardy because they do not have any immediate to continue their study.

alternahttp://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=356175&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16tive
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wilberforce



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a durn shame this place closed down. I had some drinking buddies from this place. Where did they go? I've lost touch. Is there something to replace the Language Institute?
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lollaerd



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They wasted no time tearing the place down. What will emerge from the ashes?
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lollaerd



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gone for good. Some teachers ended up at the SEC, others left the country and some head for the police academy. This was one of the best places to work in Qatar. CCQ is supposed to offer similar courses to government employees but their philosophy is so so different.
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wilberforce



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too bad this institution closed down. Some ex-Gulagers managed to get a job there and then had to move one. What has replaced it - is there anything? I've heard some rumors that the police academy is supposed expand and teach foreign languages but no confirmation on this story.
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