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Volume :14 Issue : 4 1986      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The effect of using English-as a medium of instruction on students’ achievment in the Faculty of Science at Kuwait University

Auther : N. Mutawa - M. Issa

The objective of the study is to assess the impact of using English as a medium of instruction of the academic achievement of students in the Faculty of Science at Kuwait University. It answers questions related to the student’s academic background, area of specification, sex, nationality, and the year which they were assigned in the second semester of 1984/85. The study also includes review of investigations and reports concerned with  the effect of foreign language on academic achievement.

The sample consisted of 190 students who were chosen randomly in order  to represent the various departments in the Faculty of Science. Some of them were second-year students while others were in the fourth year. Additional data on each sample students was collected from the personal files and the computer center.

A major conclusion of the study is that the use of English to teach science subjects has a clear impact on the academic achievement of student. This can   from comparing the coefficients of correlation between the student’s background in the English language on the one land, and their cumulative average grades on the other. This applies to general grades as well as grades in subjects of specialization. The impact of the language is also clear in the case students with low scores.

Moreover, view were canvassed for this study from students in the Faculty of Education. There were forced by the opinions of staff in the Faculty of Science.

Finally, the study presents some recommendations, whose implementation will assist in alleviating the negative impact of the use of English on the academic achievement of students.

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