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Saudi Arabian, PHD Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Social-Linguistics

Updated: Jan 19


My central professional goal is to assume significant responsibilities as a professor teaching new generations of language teachers. My primary pedagogical strategy is to enthuse and inspire, making the content come alive for language teachers and their students.

The University of XXXX is my first choice among Ph.D. programs in Linguistics. I have several friends in XXXX, and I like everything I read about your university very much. I have my heart set on attending your program, particularly because it is listed as #1 by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education, my sponsor.

Once I have completed the Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of XXXX, I shall have the opportunity to take up a senior teaching post upon my return to the KSA. I seek a total immersion experience as a doctoral student in second language acquisition and social-linguistics. I feel confident that my solid background in TESL and teaching methods will help me excel in my postgraduate studies. Earning my Ph.D. from the University of XXXX will serve as the optimal springboard to launch the balance of my career as an educational professional in Saudi Arabia and, within time, as a full professor in the area of Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics.

I have been especially fascinated by language ever since I can remember because it is pervasive in our lives and provides great insight into what people think. My early interest in how language works and the relationship between language and communication developed, over time, into my desire to teach languages. As an alumnus of the Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSU), I graduated with honors in two departments, Translation and Languages. Earning this degree gave me extensive knowledge in various fields closely related to the English language, especially Translation, Literature, Linguistics, and Teaching Methodology. My studies enabled me to develop my linguistic abilities significantly and to acquire a vast appreciation for English Literature in addition to the language. I especially enjoy focusing on language acquisition through cultural concepts that serve as bridges of knowledge that successfully foster communication with English speakers, raising awareness of how the customs of different peoples are reflected in their language.

During the last semester of my bachelor's program, I spent three months teaching English in our public school system. My experience as a teacher helped to inspire and intensify my focus on integrating linguistics and education. Shortly after my graduation, I found the balance I was looking for when I was chosen for a position as a Teacher Assistant in the English Language Department at IMSU. In this position, I realized the importance of keeping myself up-to-date on the literature on advanced education, promising research, and creative teaching methods in my field.

I completed my MA in TESL and Linguistics at XXXX University in Minnesota, and this has helped me become familiar with and most comfortable in the American educational system. My graduate courses in the MA program provided me with a solid immersion in the fundamentals of Linguistics. Learning from world-famous professors with global perspectives, I learned about many of the intricacies of linguistics and teaching. This helped me radically enhance my understanding of theory and enlightened me immensely with a broad gambit of issues and challenges in Linguistics.

What I have learned about teaching has deeply impressed me with the infinite character of knowledge. I profoundly appreciate the privilege of advancing professionally and keenly anticipate a complete immersion in the theoretical examination of language acquisition reinforced by my personal and professional experiences as a teacher, second language learner, and researcher. I am passionate about language and society, change, and language acquisition. I believe that a world-class education in Sociolinguistics will help me become the most exemplary English Language educator I can be, making my contribution to the advancement of my society.

I like to think of myself as an international educational ambassador, adding to the diversity and richness of the University of XXXX. After completing your program, I will return home to utilize my research and academic abilities to progressively enhance and enrich the Saudi educational system as a faculty member in the English Language Department. I look forward to a long professional lifetime teaching and networking in the KSA and beyond in such a way as to contribute maximum sensitivity to our study of cultural perspectives and diversity in education. I feel strongly that the University of XXXX is the best place to begin my journey, and I thank you for considering my application.


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