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Date of Award

Spring 2018


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Document Type

Thesis: EWU Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA) in English: Teaching English as a Second Language




The author reflects on his literacy in both Arabic and English while tracing his path to becoming an English major at King Khalid University and an English teacher in boys’ high schools—first in the village of Hajur and then in Jeddah. He describes his first two years teaching in this remote village made up of two main tribes in western Saudi Arabia. In fourth grade in a class of six boys in Alkanahbilah—also a small village—the author discovered his love for the Arabic language as Mohammed Aziz, his beloved teacher, read Arabic poems aloud to the boys every day, and they memorized the daily poem each evening. Providing his own written artifacts—primarily journals from graduate seminars in the United States—he explains the benefits of daily writing in English and daily viewing of multimodal materials while offering five original lessons he intends to teach alongside the national core curriculum upon returning to his homeland.