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Khidar Dawud Abdullah

English Language Specialist


I have a proven track record of good rapport with learners and teachers. Using relationship building, I plan to increase the numbers of students and teachers in Asia who are inspired to learn the English Language. Focused on infusing my passion for learning to kindle the zeal for learning in others.

Work History

JAN 2017Present

Online Teacher


VIPKID is a premiere service provider of online English learning. Using synthetic phonics and a student-centered approach, providing over 250+ students with one-on-one instruction in my virtual classroom. Applying formative assessment principles, in the form of daily feedback for the students' development.

  • Author & Illustrator: Published Land of the Llamas and Bear's Den as supplementary literary resources for Level 1 (beginners) and Level 6 (advanced) students. English Language Resource room utilised by teachers and students.
  • TOEFL Primary Prep: Taught levels 1 & 2 TOEFL Primary Reading and Listening (Receptive Skills) test preparatory course.
Mar 2016Present

English Language Specialist

United States Embassy KL

The US Embassy KL (USEKL) has utilised my services for diverse groups of audiences. I have been performing workshops and training sessions for students and teachers alike.

  • Students: Engaging workshops for Upper Primary and Lower & Upper Secondary English language learners. The list includes public schools (SK & SMK), Chinese schools (SJKC) and state sponsored religious schools (SMA). Not to mention, the USEKL's very own Access School at SMA Rompin.
  • Teachers: Training events include a wide ranging and diverse collection of teachers from Lower & Upper Primary to Lower & Upper Secondary. The teachers' skill levels span over a vast spectrum. I trained a group of non-option Lower Primary teachers from the JPN Terengganu who had rudimentary skills. At the other end of the spectrum, I trained an elite group of Upper Secondary Teachers for JWPKL with advance skills.
  • Workshops: Earned a sterling reputation for presenting useful and motivational sessions. A sample of workshop titles include: Assessment vs. Evaluation,  FrogVLE SCORM Packages, Fun with Phonics, Group Work, Student Centred Activities, Writing Labs and many more catered to the needs of the local teachers. They have all been well received with positive feedback. My unique blend of inducing, uplifting and upskilling has empowered teachers to employ the latest techniques in connecting with their students while teaching English. 

Jan 2014Oct 2015

Mentor - English Language Professional

Brighton Education Group

At Brighton Education I was active in training English Language Trainers (mentors) and teachers in the nationwide MOE virtual learning environment in a cloud based platform known as FrogVLE. Led hands-on training seminars all over the state for the implementation of FrogVLE in English Classrooms. The platform improved students' fluency, listening and writing skills in a fun interactive digital medium. Trained mentors and teachers from 2 states to a guided discovery approach developed and refined from over 100 hours of classroom experience. It was an IT solution to help teachers to become more student centered and less reliant on chalk and talk in the 21st Century classroom.

  • State Training Team: Responsible for training and professional development of 18 English Language Trainers in the State of Kelantan. Trained mentors in best practice modules created from 6 Malaysian States.
  • Test Taking Strategy: Taught mentors, teachers and students test taking strategies for the mandatory Year 6 national test (UPSR). Trained mentors from 6 states of Malaysia in the UPSR approach. Ran UPSR clinics for teachers in 6 of the 9 school districts in the State of Kelantan. Raised pass rate of an academically challenged class from 20% to 80%.
  • Event Planing: Organized the showcase event for the state of Kelantan, the International Spelling Jamboree with 8 schools, 2 of them from Thailand. It required the pooling of talents and resources of many mentors and local school teachers to achieve this celebrated event.
  • Literacy Events: Involved in various books clubs, books drives and reading campaigns at a couple of schools in Pasir Puteh.
  • Coaching: Coached teachers and students passed the preliminaries into the state finals for 2 consecutive years in the New Straits Times Spell It Right Competition.
    Sep 2010Jan 2014

    English Teacher

    At-Tamimi International Islamic School

    I was the team leader of the UPSR Committee. I had to arrange routine meetings with parents and coordinate consultants to boost the school’s UPSR results.  We managed to get a record number of ‘As’ in English for 2 years in a row.

    • Exam Committee: Proofread and edited midterm and final exams for multiple levels and various subjects.
    • Leadership Camp: Presented some motivational team building exercises for teachers and teens.
    • Learning Disabilities: Trained teachers to assess students and access professional help for various learning disabilities.                        


    Nov 2017

    TOEFL Primary & Juniors Certified

    Test Center Malaysia
    Feb 2016

    Cambridge CELTA

    ECC Chiangmai
    Feb 2006

    Oxford Seminars TESL

    San Francisco State University
    Jun 2000

    Environmental Studies

    California State University Sacramento