TITLE

Literature, Language or Linguistics? Student Perspectives on What English Departments in Arab Universities Should Focus on

AUTHOR(S)
Al Mahrooqi, Rahma; Al-Shihi, Hooriya
PUB. DATE
July 2012
SOURCE
Modern Journal of Applied Linguistics;2012, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p154
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
As the requirements of the international job market grow, so also does the need for English language proficiency. Hence university English departments find themselves offering an expanding range of courses for Arts majors to meet this need. Faculty tends to emphasize course provision in literature and linguistics. But are their students benefiting from this emphasis? Though literature and linguistics are clearly important, they need to be balanced by language and translation courses. At Sultan Qaboos University's English Department the stress on literature and linguistics is failing to produce a proficiency in English among many of its students. Because this is causing negative attitudes towards the teaching program, the main purpose of this study was to discover which courses (literature, linguistics, or language skills) find most favor with students and are seen therefore as contributing most to their acquisition of English language skills. The findings show that students thought that literature, linguistics and language courses are all important and in varying degrees contribute to their language development, but that there are factors limiting benefit from some of them. Also, there was a greater preference for literature courses than for linguistics ones. A majority (90%) of the participants thought that language skills courses were too few in the study plan and wanted more of them. Sixteen per cent wanted more translation courses.
ACCESSION #
98787989

 

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