以英語為教學媒介語、阿拉伯語和身分認同之於阿曼高等教育:教師和學生的態度

Translated title of the contribution: English Medium Instruction, Arabic and Identity in Oman’s Higher Education Institutions: Teacher and Student Attitudes

C. J. Denman*, Rahma Al-Mahrooqi

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Abstract

This study explored student and teacher attitudes towards English Medium Instruction (EMI) at the tertiary level in Oman, including its impact on learners’ Arabic use and socio-cultural identities. Data was collected through a 40-item Likert response scale questionnaire administered in English and Arabic to 415 students and 55 instructors at five tertiary-level institutions across the sultanate. Results indicate that participants identified a number of advantages of EMI, including increasing employment opportunities and facilitating communication in education and workforce settings. However, significant challenges, such as limiting student course content understanding and family communication about their studies, were also present. Teacher participants generally did not believe that EMI had any negative effects on learner identity and Arabic language use, although students held neutral attitudes about these issues and maintained that their content understanding would be enhanced through Arabic medium instruction. Despite these areas of divergence, independent samples t tests indicated that teacher and student participants held similar attitudes across most remaining questionnaire categories. Implications of these findings for EMI and L1 use at the tertiary level in Oman and in other similar education settings are discussed.

Translated title of the contributionEnglish Medium Instruction, Arabic and Identity in Oman’s Higher Education Institutions: Teacher and Student Attitudes
Original languageChinese (Traditional)
Pages (from-to)317-335
Number of pages19
JournalEnglish Teaching and Learning
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 15 2019

Keywords

  • English medium instruction (EMI)
  • Identity
  • Oman
  • Socio-cultural values
  • Student/teacher attitudes
  • Tertiary education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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