Integrating English Language into legal studies at an Omani College : inspirations and aspirations / Ali S. M. Al-Issa

Al-Issa, Ali S. M. (2012) Integrating English Language into legal studies at an Omani College : inspirations and aspirations / Ali S. M. Al-Issa. Asian Journal of University Education, 8 (2). pp. 69-90. ISSN 1823-7797


Ever since its establishment in 1997, the College of Law formerly known as the College of Sharia and Law at Sultan Qaboos University has been heavily criticized for the lack of English language skills of its graduates, who have either failed to impress their employers or struggled to find jobs related to the legal field which has had negative implications for the Omanization process. English language in Oman is the only official foreign language and a significant tool for achieving multiple uses and values. This triggered a strong call for change by Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the College of Law administration to integrate English language into various legal courses offered at the college. This article discusses the steps and decisions taken by the decision makers at SQU and the College of Law to introduce the necessary changes to cater for the needs of the job market to help contribute to the development of Oman’s economy. The discussion may have implications for change in other similar contexts around the world.


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Item Type: Article
CreatorsID Num.
Al-Issa, Ali S. /
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar > Translating and interpreting
P Language and Literature > PE English language > Study and teaching
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Asian Centre for Research on University Learning and Teaching (ACRULeT)
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of University Education
ISSN: 1823-7797
Volume: 8
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 69-90
Item ID: 12346
Uncontrolled Keywords: College of Law, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman, International Review and Assessment Committee Report, Content language integrated learning, English language

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