About

The website

The material that will gradually populate this site, will be self-created. Most of the ‘stuff’ relates to my areas of interest and what I have done. My interests are wide, and hopefully people who visit the site may be able to find something useful. So the ethos here is sharing with the wider community, especially those interested in English.

Who am I?

Born and brought up in London, and of Pakistani heritage, I currently work and live in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. At the time of writing, I’m in my 40s. Once I’m in my 50s, I’ll change this, so I’m not trying to hide my age, just saving the headache of having to update this bit of information.

Work/Study/Research interests

I’m a UK qualified accountant (ACMA), thus I was formerly an accountant/tax advisor and IT consultant/trainer (ERP, CRM and E-Commerce). In total this is about 20 years of my working life. Although not actively using all of the skills I acquired, I find that these come in handy in my ‘new’ career.

Since 2004, I’ve been involved in ELT/TESOL/EFL/ESL (which basically means I teach English). I’m also an Applied Linguist – a somewhat grand term, but which means that I’m also interested in how people learn languages.

I have an MA in Applied Linguistics, and am trying to get through a doctorate in Tesol/Applied Linguistics.

My main areas of interest include Language Testing (I was also Head of Language Testing overseeing exams for around 5,000 students), Common European Framework (CEFR), English for Academic purposes, teaching English Language skills, teacher training, developing Assessment Literacy amongst teachers, corpus linguistics and language and identity.

OTHER

Not related directly to EFL/ESL other areas of interest include helping educational organisations create non-financial measures of performance, and how to facilitate improvements and/or change, hopefully for the better.

I also busy myself by being an examiner for the odd well-known examinations board. I don’t want to let out with who, as this is ‘top-secret’.:)

Your feedback is essential and if there are any resources you’d like to see added, or you just want to say something, please do let me know.

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. Asalamu ‘alaikum Suhaib,

    Your site is a refreshing change from a lot of ESOL site primarily because you don’t bog down your language with acronyms. I like the fact you share your knowledge without wanting to display your knowledge.

    As a fellow teacher and former Graphic Designer I was interested in your analogy of teaching materials being ongoing sources of income. Think of how much time and effort is wasted in teachers preparing worksheets for the same kinds of lessons.

    In my current position we are required to produce lesson plans for every lesson we teach and this can often be up to seven periods a day. Needless to say I am building up a library of plans. I have logged them by book title and page number and my thought is: There is a finite number of books taught in the Kingdom and between the communtiy a library of plans could also be built up covering Headway, Cutting Edge, Workplace Plus, Interchange or, like me, Interactions. It would certainly save a lot of man hours.

    Wasalam,
    Assad

  2. Assalamu alaikum,
    I am currently teaching primary 3 at an Islamic school in Malaysia. I just saw your pictures of the sun’s rays in Madinah and was exclaiming thinking how I wish I was there it is the only city I would move to if I was not in Malaysia.
    If you know of any openings please contact. Please note, I have 4 children that range from 6-15.
    Brother Assad you would be surprised at the good books, and unit studies that are coming out of the home-school arena with effective easy to use lesson plans.

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