[lg policy] Saudi Arabia: English as medium of instruction

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 2 17:08:00 UTC 2009

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Arab News

English as medium of instruction

The English of Saudi university graduates is very poor. Since the
labor market in the Kingdom largely depends on foreign manpower,
English has necessarily become the language of business. Anyone who
does not master English will be in a weak position when competing for
a job. His or her chances for progressing in terms of career will be
severely compromised.

Faced by this situation, some Saudi universities that could not
improve their preparatory year for teaching English have thought of a
more radical step to confront the problem: To make English the medium
of instruction for specializations that are in huge demand in the
labor market. If this proposal is implemented, we could face a
cultural catastrophe.

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