SPRINGFIELD, MO (02/27/18) - Twenty eight Saudi teachers enrolled at Missouri State University to better their knowledge of teaching English in their country.
The 28 Saudi teachers are all English educators back overseas. And brushing up on their English at MSU, the students are calling the program Khebrat which means "experiences" in Arabic. And that’s what Missouri State hopes they’ll get.
It’s only been two weeks but the Saudi student teachers have been hard at work to gain better knowledge of the English language and American education. And even hearing back from some of their students back home.
“They’ve been messaging me asking, ‘How is it teacher, the experience?’ and I’ll tell them we’re still at the beginning," says middle school English teacher Jawhara Almaghrabi. "We’re just trying to settle down and getting used to the routine.”
Picked by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia the student teachers will be attending Missouri State until February 4th of 2019. In half a year, they will be able to go local area schools, like Greenwood Laboratory, to sit in on how American teachers interact with their students.
“I’m glad I have the chance to participate in such a big program and I’m learning a lot," says high school English teacher Abdulrahman Alenazei. "The institute is doing a great job.”
With the 28 student teachers, some of their family members came with them. Bringing a total of 45 Saudi youngsters enrolled in Springfield public schools.
Almaghrabi says, “My son last night said, ‘Mom can we stay for another year?’” And adjusting to life in Springfield has been a little shocking when it comes to one thing. "The weather," says Alenazei. "It’s very unpredictable but I like it! Really amazing."
They both told Fox 5 that they are thankful for their government for allowing them to come to Springfield and continue their education and take back their knowledge to students in Saudi Arabia.