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Al Rawahi, Nasser; Yousef, Ahmad – International Journal of Higher Education, 2021
The aim of this study is to explore Omani and Kuwaiti physical education teachers' teaching efficacy level and to determine differences in terms of gender variables. The sample consisted of 164 physical education teachers from Oman and 187 from the State of Kuwait. There were 49.9% male physical education teachers and 59.1% female physical…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Classroom Techniques
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Wang, Daniel R.; Hajjar, David P.; Cole, Curtis L. – International Journal of Higher Education, 2020
The development of a knowledge economy requires a nation to foster a robust foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The countries of the Arab world, including the oil-rich nations of the Gulf, have made great strides in this regard, though much remains to be done. This article examines the cultural barriers these…
Descriptors: Medical Education, Arabs, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
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Akbar, Rahima; Al-Gharabally, Nada – International Journal of Higher Education, 2020
Praising is considered to have a positive effect on learners' motivations. Yet, what to praise and how to praise is an issue of controversy. The present study looks at the effect of praising ESL learners' writing efforts in English as opposed to evaluating their writing abilities in order to test Dweck (2007) theory of praising intelligence or…
Descriptors: Positive Reinforcement, Intelligence, Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning
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Wu, Shu-hua; Alrabah, Sulaiman – International Journal of Higher Education, 2020
This classroom-based study was conducted in Kuwait to investigate the impact of text structure strategy (TSS) instruction on the ways in which 54 English as a foreign language (EFL) college students approached expository and medical texts. Data collection involved two surveys, fieldnotes, class observations, and group interviews. A system of codes…
Descriptors: Text Structure, Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Akbar, Rahima Sayed Sulaiman; Taqi, Hanan Ali – International Journal of Higher Education, 2020
In the domain of teaching bilingual students, the issue of using the first language in a second-language based class has been widely controversial. While some studies have questioned the method of moving between the two languages, Translanguaging, others found it highly beneficial. Here we aimed to investigate the effect of Translanguaging on the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Al-Houti, Shorouq K.; Aldaihani, Sultan M. – International Journal of Higher Education, 2018
Learning idioms is an uphill battle for many language learners. Thus, this quantitative study aims to shed light on English as Foreign Language (EFL) college students' attitudes towards idiom learning. Specifically, the study is interested in revealing their attitudes towards (1) the importance of idiom learning, (2) the difficulties of idiom…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Figurative Language
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Alhumidi, Hamed A.; Uba, Sani Yantandu – International Journal of Higher Education, 2017
This study investigates Arabic language teachers' engagement with published educational research in Kuwait's secondary schools. The study employs 170 participants across six educational regions in the country by using a quota sampling strategy. It used a questionnaire in eliciting their engagement with published educational research. The data were…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Language Teachers, Capacity Building, Consciousness Raising
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Dashti, Fatimah; Dashti, Abdulmohsen A. – International Journal of Higher Education, 2017
The influx of English borrowed items into Kuwait has recently considerably increased, driven by both linguistic and extra-linguistic factors, mainly through new electronic media, and direct contact with the donor language. Kuwaitis, especially, the new generation heavily make use of English loanwords in mobile devices applications such as Twitter,…
Descriptors: Linguistic Borrowing, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Usage
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Al-Nouh, Nowreyah A.; Abdul-Kareem, Muneera M.; Taqi, Hanan A. – International Journal of Higher Education, 2015
Oral presentation skills are considered one of the most important proficiencies needed for higher education and future careers. Thus, the present study is interested in eliciting English as a Foreign Language (EFL) college students' perceptions of the difficulties they face in oral presentation as a form of assessment. Participants were 500 female…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), College Students, Females
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Al-Nouh, Nowreyah A.; Abdul-Kareem, Muneera M.; Taqi, Hanan A. – International Journal of Higher Education, 2014
Students' perceptions of their classroom English tests play a crucial role in affecting their performance. Hence, the present study is interested in soliciting college students' perceptions of their classroom English tests to find out the reasons behind test difficulties. Participants were 585 female college students chosen randomly from all grade…
Descriptors: College Students, English, Language Tests, Student Attitudes
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Al-Darwish, Salwa – International Journal of Higher Education, 2013
This study examines the perceptions of the Kuwaiti kindergarten school teachers and parents as well as the English curriculum in an attempt to identify areas that need to be improved in the kindergarten teachers' program at the CBE (College of Basic Education). In addition, the paper looks closely into the delivery of information and sequence of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning