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Lack of teachers is a barrier to language learning

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, June 08 - 2004 @ 11:07

According to Khaja, finding staff that are equipped to teach languages in a culturally adaptable – as well as text-book perfect – manner is a challenge for schools, universities and language centres alike.

He said: “Unlike in some other countries such as in Europe, we do not have a pool of professionally qualified teachers, nor has the education recruitment process really moved into top gear yet.”

To this end, IH Dubai, part of the International House World Organisation (IHWO), will commence teacher-training courses at the beginning of 2005 to try and help fill the identified gap. In addition, IH Dubai is part of the network’s transfer list, where teachers can move between IH centres around the world.

Khaja explained: “We believe that Dubai’s offering should help our cause. Salaries and benefits are pegged to the local market, so good climate and good wages may see an influx of teachers.”

Globally, International House is widely recognised as having the highest standards for teachers, both as recruits and as graduates. All centres must adhere to quality standards, systems and procedures designed to promote student and teacher satisfaction and welfare.

According to Khaja, there is a need for focused business English language learning in Dubai and the development of lifestyle communications for those who have English as a second language.

He said: “While there are many opportunities for learning the ‘social” English language in Dubai, the skills used for business are more specialised.”

International House Dubai opened in April as only the fourth IHWO centre in the Gulf, after three centres in Saudi Arabia. Headquartered in Dubai, the centre will offer courses across the UAE.

IHWO is designed to raise language education standards worldwide, through its network of more than 126 schools in more than 30 countries. As well as language training, the network promotes international understanding through its partner centres.

All the language centres in the IHWO network are independently owned and managed, but all adhere to the same codes of practice and follow rigorous inspections to ensure they all offer the same high quality education and customer service around the world.

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