A student perspective on low english proficiency in Oman

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Abstract

The Omani government attaches great importance to English in the education of Omani youth and their preparation fora multicultural world of employment. It has therefore poured large resources into English language teaching in the nation's schools, colleges and universities. Unfortunately, these efforts have not yielded gains proportionate to this investment. Students continue to graduate from schools with inadequate English language proficiency and the majority thereforerequire remedial or intensive courses in a "foundation" program before beginning tertiary level study. Based on a student perspective, this study investigated the above problem. Using data from focus groups and personal reports (based on a qualitative questionnaire) from 100 tertiary education students, it found that the major factors involved wereas follows: ineffective teachers, inadequate curricula, uninterested students, limited exposure to English outside the classroom, unsupportive parents, a poor school system, and peer-group discouragement. Participants suggested a number of solutions and especially encouraging students to learn English by showing them its international status and its importance for their future education and employment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-271
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Education Studies
Volume5
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Factors
  • Oman
  • Poor language proficiency
  • School graduates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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