Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number2  June 2020                                                      Pp. 361-382

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Omani Students’ Coping Strategies in an English Medium Engineering Programme

Holi Ibrahim Holi Ali
Rustaq College of Education, Oman
Department of English Language & Literature


This study explores how Omani engineering students utilised coping strategies whereby they negotiated the challenges inherent in studying through the medium of English (EMI) both the students and their teachers utilised several coping strategies to overcome EMI-related problems and difficulties. A qualitative research design with a semi-structured interview with twelve engineering students as the main method of data generation. The interview data were coded thematically and analysed inductively. Key theories were chosen to inform the study design and help in interpreting and understanding the study data. The study seeks to answer the following question: How did Omani engineering students respond to EMI challenges?  The data analysis and interpretation are presented according to the emergent themes and a priori themes. The identification of themes offers insights into understanding Omani students’ learning experiences through the medium of English and presenting the participants’ stories about their challenges and difficulties in college. These experiences are categorised and presented here based on the themes rather than through ascription to the individuals to which they relate.
Keywords: coping strategies, English medium, EMI challenges, engineering programme, Omani students

Cite as Ali, H. I. H. (2020). Omani Students’ Coping Strategies in an English Medium Engineering Programme. Arab World English Journal11 (2) 361-382.


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Holi Ibrahim Holi Ali is Assistant Professor of Applied at the Department of English Language
& Literature, Rustaq College of Education, Oman. He has a PhD in applied linguistics from the
University of Huddersfield, UK. His teaching and research interests include writing for
publication, English Medium of Instruction (EMI), academic integrity in higher education. He has
presented widely at international conferences and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.