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

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

The University of XXXX is my first choice among PHD programs in Linguistics. I have several friends in XXXX and I like very much everything that I read about your university. The primary reason why I have my heart set on attending your program in particular, however, is the fact that it is listed as #1 by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education, my sponsor.

Once I have completed the PHD 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 full immersion experience as a doctoral student in the areas of second language acquisition and social-linguistics. I feel confident that my solid background in TESL and teaching methods will help me to excel in my doctoral studies. Earning my PHD from the University of XXXX will serve as the optimal springboard upon which to launch the balance of my career as an educational professional in Saudi Arabia and, within time, as a full professor in in the area of Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics.

I have been especially fascinated by language ever since I can remember because it is so pervasive in our lives and provides great insight into what people are thinking. 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 from the Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSU), I graduated with honours in two departments, Translation as well as Languages. Earning this degree gave me extensive knowledge in a variety of fields that are closely related to English language, especially Translation, Literature, Linguistics and Teaching Methodology. My studies enabled me to greatly develop my linguistic abilities and to acquire a vast appreciation for English Literature in addition to language. I especially enjoy focusing language acquisition through the use of cultural concepts that serve as bridges of knowledge that foster successful communication with English speakers, raising awareness of the way in which 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 came to more fully appreciate the importance of keeping myself up-to-date in the literature of 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 to 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. I learned about many of the intricacies of linguistics and teaching, learning from world-famous professors with global perspectives. This helped me to radically enhance my understanding of theory and enlightened me a great deal with respect to a broad gambit of issues and challenges in Linguistics.

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