Community Engagement and Improved Language Proficiency: The Case of Service-Learning in Higher Education in Oman

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Abstract

It can be argued that as an effective teaching approach, service learning can contribute significantly to
improvement of the proficiency of learners of English as a foreign Language. This paper reports on the
findings of a quasi- experimental study on the effect of service learning on EFL student-teachers
English language proficiency in pre-service teacher education program at Sultan Qaboos University.
The findings of the study reveal that the student teachers in the experimental group outperformed those
in the contrast group in all language components tested by the TOEFL and the Oral test. These findings
clearly indicate an overall improvement in the language performance of the student teachers as a result
of the service-learning intervention. Comparison of the experimental group results in both tests
between pre and post intervention reveals a significant improvement which can be attributed to the
service learning experience.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberISSN 2329-311X
JournalCommunity Engagement and Improved Language Proficiency: The Case of Service-Learning in Higher Education in Oman
Volume2
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • service learning, EFL, ELT, pre-service teacher preparation, higher education, MEPI, engagement, language proficiency

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