I’ve met with principals. One principal said he only had 15 minutes to meet with him, but if he liked what I had to share, he’d give me 45 minutes—which he did. Another principal offered to let me walk around his school and pop into classrooms. I’ve met with several groups of English teachers and discussed their students' specific difficulties with learning English. I presented the method, and they were very intrigued by this new approach to teaching English. I also visited a member of the Ministry of Education. She really enjoyed the presentation and recommended I meet with her administrator.
There definitely is interest in phonics instruction generated here in the Middle East. The big question is who is going to be the first to implement it, and how will they do it? I'm optimistic.
(See my other blog post about my experiences in the Middle East here.)