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Education officials in the UAE are offering Emirati students intensive English courses


February 9, 2009 12:35 by

Education officials will begin offering Emirati students 14-week, intensive English courses, reports The National. Last year, only 11 percent of Emirati students who applied for seat at federal universities scored high enough on English language exams to avoid being enrolled in mandatory a foundation year. In the UAE, students who do not have strong English language skills are required to take English courses for one year before starting their university degrees.

Eleven percent is dismal. What are English teachers in Emirati schools doing? No wait, let’s take a step back. Are English teachers in these schools qualified? No, sorry, wait, let’s go back even further: can they speak English? And by English we mean normal English, not Arabized-English.

Well? Do they?


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  1. Jawdat Kadi on February 10, 2009 7:48 am

    Well , if they have ( MA ) Masters in English as foreign language and certified for teaching , graduating from an American or western University ..Then they will be as good as an expatriate teacher if not better.

    AUB man

  2. Guest on February 24, 2009 12:41 pm

    Arabized-English not to mention the unique Indianized- English too!


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