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Nurturing Entrepreneurship Skills, Creativity and Communication Skills: An Exploratory
Study on Omani Arab EFL Learners

Samia Naqvi
Center for Foundation Studies
Middle East College
Sultanate of Oman, Muscat



To prepare students to face the world of work, universities should ensure that engineers graduating from their campuses demonstrate entrepreneurial skills and the ability to understand market forces alongside domain knowledge. This exploratory study focused on the design, application, and evaluation of a research-based coursework assignment in a business communication course offered to undergraduate level engineering students at a university college in Oman. The assignment aimed at developing students’ entrepreneurship skills, basic business concepts, creativity, critical thinking, communication skills, and research skills. Student perceptions on the role of assignment in developing the above-mentioned skills and in influencing their affective domain were gathered using a survey questionnaire carrying closed and open-ended questions. The data were analyzed using SPSS and frequency tables were generated. The results of the survey revealed that the students enjoyed working on the assignment and showed strong agreement for most of the items on the role of assignment in developing their skills and knowledge. The assignment model used in this study can support teachers in designing assessments that target the development of entrepreneurial skills alongside other meta-skills and can help solve the problem of unemployment in due course.
Keywords: Omani EFL learners, affective domain; entrepreneurship skills; creativity; critical thinking; research skills

Cite as: Naqvi, S. (2020). Nurturing Entrepreneurship Skills, Creativity and Communication Skills: An Exploratory Study on Omani Arab EFL Learners.  Arab World English Journal(AWEJ). Proceedings of 2nd MEC TESOLConference 2020.150- 168.


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Dr. Samia Naqvi is presently working at the Middle East College, Muscat, Oman, as the Head of
the Center for Foundation Studies (CFS). Alongside the administration of CFS, she is involved in
teaching, design, development, delivery, and evaluation of Undergraduate and Foundation level
English language courses. She has designed several ESP, EAP, and Business communication
courses. She holds a Ph.D. in English Language teaching with specific reference to the use of ICTs
for language learning.