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TEFOFF



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:52 pm    Post subject: Arabian Gulf University Reply with quote

Another inquiry about a university job advert, popping up on a rival website, this time AGU. I searched for some information on here about it, but there's just one dedicated topic to it, a long time ago, nothing much up-to-date. If anyone on here has worked there, or has any information specifically salary and holidays, I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance.


Native Level English teaching professionals to provide English language instruction to these students. The preferred start date would be 16th December but this may be negotiated. Contact hours may be up to 20 per week. Instructors will also have regular office hours during which they are expected to counsel students on their English work, mark scripts and develop teaching materials. Teachers may also be asked to proof read university documents.

[b]Details of Position[/b]
English Language Instructors: 2016/17
The Arabian Gulf University provides medical training for students from GCC countries and is currently seeking native English teaching professionals Please send CV and scans of your qualifications and letters of experience to Head of Personnel Department.

[b]Qualifications[/b]
An MA in TESOL or Applied Linguistics or an MEd is essential, and a PG Diploma in English Language teaching is desirable. A minimum of 3 years’ experience at tertiary level is preferred along with experience of teaching Arab students. Knowledge of teaching IELTS or a medical background would be an advantage but is not essential.

[b]Salary and Benefits[/b]
A 12 month tax free salary along with other benefits is offered to the successful candidates based on qualifications and experience. There is an annual leave allowance of 60 calendar days + Bahraini public holidays.
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teacherman73



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard the turnover rate is getting higher, mostly because of low and inconsistent salaries among equally-qualified instructors as well as a general mis-management of the program by the university administration. Salaries seem to range between 1100-1500 BHD/month, depending on how much you say your last job paid and how desperate you are to work in Bahrain as opposed to Saudi. Other than that, pretty typical GCC uni: Just babysit the students and tell them how great they are and what a great job they did on their term paper that they copied and pasted from Wikipedia and paid the local print shop to make look pretty in a nice binder.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're American, the State Department's English Language Fellow Program lists AGU as one of its projects.
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teacherman73



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, if you're American you can teach through that program and make about half the salary (as a stipend) of the other teachers in the univ. doing almost exactly the same job. You also get to live in some student dormitories down near the BIC racetrack. BUT, you get the satisfaction of knowing you are keeping the British Council from exercising a complete monopoly on English in Bahrain.
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only plus is that it looks good on the CV, and can break you into a similar network like the BC network... and eventually get the better jobs with both organizations.

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i did it for love



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:58 pm    Post subject: Dear All! Reply with quote

This is my first time posting on these forums.

I live and teach in Bahrain and I have met a few people who have been at AGU over the past couple of years. I feel obliged to comment, and I hope it helps.

The turnover is high, not just because of salaries but also due to frequent student complaints and lack of support for instructors. The communication and organisation is chaotic, although the department has only about ten members at any given time. I heard that a couple of people in the last year or so were eventually hospitalised due to the stress of working there, so please be careful.

I think it is best avoided- certainly do not allow yourself to be lured here from abroad. But as mentioned above, if you are desperate to get out of Saudi and can agree to take a low salary in a place with a high cost of living, it could be an option.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bahrain is a much more expensive place to live in than Saudi over that Causeway. Notice too that the ad specifies "Native LEVEL".

Bahrain has a thin veneer of Liberalism but is in truth a nasty Police State with British and Baluchi "enforcers".


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twowheel



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

teacherman73 wrote:
Yes, if you're American you can teach through that program and make about half the salary (as a stipend) of the other teachers in the univ. doing almost exactly the same job. You also get to live in some student dormitories down near the BIC racetrack. BUT, you get the satisfaction of knowing you are keeping the British Council from exercising a complete monopoly on English in Bahrain.


Those teachers are making US$60,000 a year?

teacherman73 wrote:
Salaries seem to range between 1100-1500 BHD/month


...oh, maybe not.

http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1150&From=BHD&To=USD

http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1500&From=BHD&To=USD

twowheel
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scot47



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think twice before taking a job in Bahrain -
http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=102410&highlight=henderson&sid=7b7e603d67f7b9636fd563c8049a25e0

Behind that westernised façade is a police state every bit as oppressive as others in the region. I worked in KSA for years but that place has no pretence of being an enlightened progressive regime.
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