Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number2.  June 2022 Pp.                               157-176

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Evaluation of an E.S.P. Textbook from Teachers’ and   Students’ Points of View:
A Case Study of Nursing One for Premedical Students at a Saudi Universit

  Abdul Majeed Al Tayeb Umar
English Language Center
Umm-Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia
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Abdurrahman Abdulmlik Ameen
English Language Center
Umm-Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia


Received: 3/4/2022                    Accepted:   5/8/2022                  Published: 6/24/2022


This research aims to evaluate Nursing One; a textbook endorsed to teach medical English to premedical students at Umm-Al-Qura University. The study is quite significant as it attempts to check the suitability of this book for premedical students who are assumed to be taught the proper language that qualifies them to study medicine through an English medium. So, the study’s central question asks about the appropriateness of Nursing One for the target students in terms of its subject, content, and layout. The researcher obtained data via a checklist given to (25) teachers and a series of interviews arranged with (12) students. The collected data are analyzed quantitively, and the results reveal that the participants (teachers and students) are pretty satisfied with most aspects of Nursing One. More specifically, it is revealed that most subjects acknowledge that the content, layout, design, and presentation of  Nursing One are appropriate. They admit that the book is adequately organized, and its topics are selected carefully to cater to the students’ academic and professional needs. These results have led the researcher to conclude that Nursing One is a suitable textbook for premedical students at Umm-Al-Qura University. The research recommends that all E.S.P. textbooks be rigorously assessed and evaluated before being endorsed to be taught in classrooms.
Keywords: assessment procedures, checklist, English for specific purposes, Nursing One, textbook evaluation

Cite as:  Umar, A. A., & Ameen, A. A. (2022). Evaluation of an E.S.P. Textbook from Teachers’ and   Students’ Points of View: A Case Study of Nursing One for Premedical Students at a Saudi University. Arab World English Journal, 13 (2). 157-176.


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Received: 3/4/2022
Accepted: 5/8/2022
Published: 6/24/2022 

Professor Abdul-Majeed Atatyib Omar studied at the University of Wales where he got his Ph.D. in applied linguistics. He got my master’s degree in English at the American University of Beirut. He got my BA in English at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. At the moment, he works in the English Language Center at Umm-Al-Qura University.KSA.

Abdulrahman Abdulmalik Amin is an assistant professor in the English Language Center at Umm-Qura University. He works in the English language Centre since Feb 2001.  He got his  Ph.D. Degree in Applied linguistics at the University of Wales. He published a number of research papers in outstanding journals and participated in seminars and training sessions for new staff members.