FactorsAffectingRuralStudents.doc - Factors Affecting Rural Students\u2019 Learning English in the Dhofar Region of Oman Khadernawaz Khan(Former Director

FactorsAffectingRuralStudents.doc - Factors Affecting Rural...

This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 5 pages.

Factors Affecting Rural Students’ Learning English in the Dhofar Region of Oman Khadernawaz Khan (Former Director Foundation Program) Assistant Professor Dhofar University Salalah Oman Email: [email protected] Abstract Oman is the second largest country in the Arabin Gulf in terms of geographical area. The Dhofar region is one of the Governorates lying in the south about 1000 kilometres away from the capital city of Muscat. While all private and public sector companies demand English educate personnel, the Dhofar region still lacks in the ‘English educated’ human resource to compete with the people of other regions. In spite of the large number of public and private schools, colleges and a university, people living in remote mountains and deserts around the city of Salalah, are yet to reap the benefits of higher education. The following factors affect the rural students’ learning of the English language: illiterate or semi-literate parents; apathy towards the English language; their traditions and culture; students’ own dialect and lack of exposure to the sources of the English language. This paper will highlight these factors and suggest some solutions that might improve the situation. Key words : Dhofar region culture traditions customs local dialects transport remoteness Introduction Oman is the second largest country in the Arabian Gulf. Dhofar is one of the regions of Oman that is geographically not as proximate to the capital city of Muscat as other regions are. This fact has a lot of bearing on both economic and educational development of the populace of this region. In spite of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ focus on the all round development of this region, the progress has been slow. The main city of this region is Salalah that has been an attractive tourist destination for the people of the Arabian Peninsula, as well as some western tourists. This is particularly so because of its splendid beaches and the autumn season which is locally referred to as ‘Khareef’ season, during which the southerly monsoon brings rain and makes the surrounding mountains look like a green carpet. The economic activity gets abuzz during this season when the local community’s fiscal graph takes a significant rise. This city has a Technical College and a College of Applied Sciences functioning for over the past two decades. A private university was established only in 2004 that has become the focal institution of higher learning that has recently started delivering Master Programs in some selected disciplines. While the inhabitants of the city of Salalah can be seen to have a distinct advantage because of these higher educational institutions, the people living away from this city have to overcome a number of impediments in order to get the benefits as their counterparts do. Students come to Salalah for higher learning from deserts, from far off
Image of page 1
mountain areas and even the island called Kuriya Muriya. While the students living on
Image of page 2
Image of page 3

You've reached the end of your free preview.

Want to read all 5 pages?

  • Fall '09
  • Dhofar University

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes