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ERIC Number: ED422714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 27
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Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine Students' Attitudes toward English and an English Based Curriculum.
Vogt, Christina; Oliver, David
A survey of University of Kuwait medical students' perceptions of the English-language curriculum had three objectives: to compare their attitudes with those of Arabs from other Arab countries; elicit students' opinions of the English-based medical and science curriculum and the adequacy of their English language preparation; and assess the medical school's admission requirements. The language situation in Kuwaiti education and the university are described in some detail, and the study is reported. Subjects were 82 randomly-selected medical students studying English in the medical school program, administered a questionnaire concerning attitudes toward the English-language program, motivations for studying English, and educational background. Nine students failing their first-semester English course were also interviewed. Results indicate the students generally favor English language instruction and science instruction in English. Students' attitudes and motivation were consistent with those of Arab counterparts in other countries and university settings. Students not performing well in their first semester of English felt they had inadequate secondary school English language preparation, despite adequate academic preparation. It is concluded that the Faculty of Medicine must be sensitive to potential problems encountered by students with insufficient English language training. (Contains 18 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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