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ERIC Number: EJ1079030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
English Communication Skills: How Are They Taught at Schools and Universities in Oman?
English Language Teaching, v5 n4 p124-130 Apr 2012
The aim of this paper is to investigate, from a student perspective, how English communication skills are taught in Oman's schools and higher education institutions. Previous research has documented the lack of communicative ability in English among school and higher education graduates in Oman (Al-Issa, 2007; Moody, 2009). However, the reasons for this weakness have never been investigated from the point of view of students themselves. Using written protocols from 58 respondents, this study embarks on such an investigation and explores student definitions of communication skills, opinions about their importance, and how they were taught in school and higher education institutions. The results reveal that these crucial skills were actually either not taught at all or taught indirectly, which helps to explain the deficit under investigation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communication Skills, English (Second Language), English Instruction, Teaching Methods, Investigations, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Definitions, Relevance (Education), Educational Practices, Higher Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oman