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ERIC Number: EJ1075441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1916-4742
Teaching English for Specific Purposes: Attitudes among Saudi Engineering Students
Alqahtani, Majed Ali
English Language Teaching, v8 n7 p76-94 2015
Attitude is considered as one of the most crucial factors for learning a second or foreign language for a specific purpose. It plays a major role in arousing student's interest and motivation towards learning. The main purpose for conducting this research is to identify the attitude among engineering students in Saudi Arabia towards learning English for a specific purpose. This research used qualitative and quantitative methods. Surveys were conducted from students of a Saudi Engineering university; furthermore teachers and mentors were interviewed to analyze the attitudes of students towards learning English. Findings suggest negative attitudes towards learning English. Interviews however identified several ways through which attitudes of students can positively change towards learning English for specific purpose. It could be concluded that although the number of students having positive attitude towards learning English is a handful but it could significantly be improved through introducing advanced language course and enhanced instructional methods to motivate students towards learning English for specific purpose. Finally, some implications would help in tapping motivation of students and changing their attitudes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia