The Common Methods Adopted for English Language Teaching in the Gulf Region: State of the Art

Adel Ben Mohamed, Harshita Aini Haroon, Sharmini Abdullah


Teaching a foreign language, particularly English as a second/foreign language, to young- aged learners, has become more popular around the world, especially in the Arabian Gulf region. Moreover, a foreign language teaching has the potential to make significant contributions to the economic as well as the political development of the middle east countries and beyond. This article reviews the literature on English education among young learners in the Gulf region. We begin by reviewing the most critical literature for each gulf country separately to emphasize the importance of the English education socially and politically, highlighting main policy worries. Then, we focus on some empirical studies about teaching and learning the English language, putting them according to their relevance to the aforementioned policy concerns.

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