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  1. In her article, Hopkyns (na.) discusses the differences that have occurred to the United Arab Emirates in the past few decades where the country has seen massive changes that have engulfed the region
  2. In his article, O'Neil (2014) looks at the changes that have occurred in UAE for the past three generations and how the changes have influenced the level of education and the number of people coming into the region
  3. The paper aimed to test the predispositions of young educated Emirati women with regards to reading and writing in English and in standard Arabic and how the predispositions have changed throughout their lives
  4. Bani-Khaled (2014) in his article highlights and explains different dialects that are present in the region
  5. According to a study by Noursi, (2013), English has been the predominant foreign language that has been used by the people in the Gulf Arabian countries and also in the UAE
  6. In his article, Bahous (2011) says that English as a foreign language is a challenge to students that have not had any form of education in the same language in the past
  7. In his article, Alkaff (2013 ) asserts that there is a change in the number of people that are using and learning English in Saudi Arabia making it important to ensure that the language is taught in institutions and universities in the country
  8. A study presented in an article by Al-Tanimi (2009) aims at assessing the benefits of motivation to students learning a second language and how it has influenced the students in developing proper attitudes towards English

English has been one of the subjects that have been in use in many countries for many years. However, the use of Arabic has been in the Middle-Eastern and North-African countries where it does not have as many people as the English language (Starks & Paltridge, 1996). Typically, ??apparent time is based on the assumption that language is not uniform and that language changes occur in society at different rates for different segments of the population? (Starks & Paltridge, 1996, pg.217). Students and people from the Arabian countries find it hard to adjust to the Western countries where the English language is the main form of language used.

[...] The educational institutions have therefore seen an increase in the number of policies and formulated principles by the country to ensure that the English language is adopted in the curriculum starting from a very early age. It is therefore important to conduct a survey of the attitudes that the students have towards the system where English is increasingly being used in the educational institutions and the different factors that are affecting English language and its adoption in the institutions. The article conducts a research on technological high school students and their attitudes while also considering the naivety of the teachers as one of the factors that may have caused the differences in the level of attitudes by the students and the overall adoption of the language within the system (Noursi, 2013). [...]


[...] The the main and commonly known language according to the author is the Standard Arabic especially by the people that are not native Arabs. The different dialects are used in different settings but for the students with English perceptions they mainly use the Standard Arabic. The article therefore aims to assess how the undergraduate students of English perceptions, perceive, be classified or ranked for using standard Arabic as their mother tongue. In the article the results from the research highlight that the English undergraduates have identified with Standard Arabic as their mother tongue and they are looking to improve on this subject to ensure effective communication and interaction with different people in the society (Bani-Khaled, 2014). [...]


[...] A note on using sociolinguistic methods to study nonnative native attitudes towards English. World Englishes 217-224. [...]


[...] In addition, the findings showed the students' positive orientation toward the English language. Interestingly enough, the results indicated that a high number of the students showed their interest in the culture of the English speaking world as represented by English-language films. Finally, some pedagogical implications that would help tap the students' motivation and attitudes were presented.? The use of the English language in the institution was also assessed with a major interest into the main motivators that makes the students want to learn more and use English as part of their general knowledge. [...]


[...] Attitude towards Learning English: The case of the UAE Technological High School. Educational Research (ISSN: 2141-5161), 21-30. O'Neil, G. T. (2014). Just a natural move towards English?: Gulf youth attitudes towards Arabic and English literacy. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, 1-21. Starks, D., & Paltridge, B. (1996). [...]

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