Alignment of 21st century oral English curriculum and communication skills with labor market and higher education in Oman: The stakeholders' perspective

Muzna Al-Hooti*, Thuwaiba Al-Barwani, Abdo Al-Mekhlafi

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Graduates from Omani schools are currently struggling at higher education institutions (HEIs) and in the labor market, mainly due to their lack of oral English communication skills, a 21st century skill that is in high demand. It is common knowledge that the rate of unemployment has increased and that the number of college students enrolling in English general foundation programs (GFP) is high. This study aimed at examining the perspectives of different stakeholders, such as secondary students, secondary English language teachers, curriculum officers, GFP academics and selected representatives from the business sector. The current study adopted a mixed-method research design to collect and analyze the data. Firstly, questionnaires were distributed to secondary students, teachers and curriculum officers and, then interviews with academics and business/industry officials were conducted. The results revealed that the students and teachers were satisfied with the curriculum, while the curriculum officers, academics and business officials were not. These results suggest that the Ministry of Education (MoE) needs to consider some adaptations to the oral English communication skills taught in the current curriculum to meet the needs of Higher Education (HE) and the labor market.

اللغة الأصليةEnglish
الصفحات (من إلى)60-73
عدد الصفحات14
دوريةInternational Journal of English Language and Literature Studies
مستوى الصوت12
رقم الإصدار1
المعرِّفات الرقمية للأشياء
حالة النشرPublished - 2023

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