Researching the uses of the english language in the law job market in the sultanate of oman: Implications for policy-practice improvement

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The Sultanate of Oman is a developing country that has accepted the English language as a significant tool for modernization. This was best interpreted in the opening of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in 1986, which has delivered its different academic programmes totally or partially through the English language. One of the colleges of SQU has been the College of Law. It was opened in 1997 to help contribute to effective implementation of nationalisation and national development in the Sultanate of Oman, which English language proficiency is a part and parcel of. However, graduates exiting the College so far have been unable to fulfil this strategic aim due to policy-practice drawbacks. Evident weaknesses in their English language and legal knowledge have provoked repeated complaints from the employers in both sectors. Accordingly, a decision was made to introduce a bilingual programme through which approximately 30 % of the subjects at the College of Law would be taught in English. This study, therefore, researches the uses of English language in the Law job market in the Sultanate of Oman and its implications for policy-practice improvement. A questionnaire was designed and distributed to 182 graduates of the College of Law, SQU. Findings have shown that while the new programme has the potential to serve national development and Omanisation, the College faculties have a pivotal role to play in influencing a positive implementation of the plan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-44
Number of pages20
JournalEducational Research for Policy and Practice
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • College of Law
  • Content infused language teaching
  • English language
  • Faculty
  • International Review and Assessment Committee Report
  • Sultan Qaboos University

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  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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