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Volume :5 Issue : 16 1988      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Towards formulating an educational admission policy for English Majors at Arab Universities: A case Study (In English)

Auther : Khalid Omari & Mohammad Zughoul

The unsatisfactory level of achievement of the average English major graduate of Arab universities has provoked the reconsideration of admission policies to these departments. Within this frame of reference, this study aimed at investigating the effect of a set of predictors on success in English particular and success in all subjects in general.

The set of predictors included a (the student’s total score in all the subjects on the Secondary School Certificate Examination (Tawjihi), b) the student’s score in English as a subject in the same exam, c) the studentصs average in the four introductory English courses usually offered at the university level and d) the students average in the four introductory Arabic courses usually offered at the university level. Two criteria for success were considered: the student’s English cumulative average at the university and his general cumulative average (GPA).

Al the graduates (268) of the English Department for three consecutive years were the subjects of this study. Step-wise multiple regression analysis technique was employed to analyze the data.

The results indicated that neither the student’s total score in Tawjihi nor his score in English as a subject in it had predictive power for success in general or success in English in particular; whereas his average in the Arabic and English introductory courses had significant predictive power for that success. This conclusion calls for a revision of the present admission policies for English majors, where due consideration is to be given linguistic aptititude as indicated by the student’s averages on the introductory courses in Arabic and English offered at the University level rather than wholly relying on high school results.

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