Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number1  March 2021                                              Pp. 309-324

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Impact of EMI on Omani Engineering Students’ Academic Performance 

Holi Ibrahim Holi Ali
Department of English Language & Literature
University of Technology & Applied Sciences
Rustaq, the Sultanate of Oman


Received: 12/31/2020             Accepted: 3/1/2021                Published: 3/24/2021


Using English to teach and learn academic subjects in higher education (HE) across the globe is increasing in popularity. The overarching aim of this study is to examine the impact of English-medium instruction (EMI) on Omani engineering students’ academic performance and their studies in an English-medium engineering programme in Oman. This paper reports on findings from a larger project that was intended to investigate Omani engineering students’ experience of learning through the medium of English in one of the Colleges of Technology in Oman. The study adopted a qualitative interpretative approach with a case study strategy and a purposive sampling technique to look into the impact of EMI on Omani engineering students’ academic performance and their studies. The sample included 12 Omani engineering and 8 engineering instructors who were interviewed along with five classroom observations. The data were collected and generated through semi-structured interviews and classroom observations. They were analysed manually, inductively and thematically using Braun and Clarke’s model (2006). The findings showed that EMI had both positive and negative impacts on the students’ academic performance and their studies.
Keywords: academic performance, EMI, impact; learning experiences, Omani engineering students

Cite as: Ali, H. I. H.  (2021). Impact of EMI on Omani Engineering Students’ Academic Performance
Arab World English Journal, 12 (1) 309-324.


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Received: 12/31/2020  
Accepted: 3/1/2021 
Published: 3/24/2021 

Holi Ibrahim Holi Ali, Ph.D.  is an assistant professor of applied linguistics & TESOL at the Department of English Language & Literature, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Rustaq, Sultanate of Oman. He has a PhD in applied linguistics from the University of Huddersfield, UK. His teaching and research interests include English medium of instruction (EMI) in higher education, language education and literacy, translation studies, theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics and TESOL. He has presented widely and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.ORCID:​0000-0002-0608-6146