Students and educators’ attitudes towards code-switching: A longitudinal study

Noor Al-Qaysi

Abstract


Multi-linguals have observed a widespread trend of switching between two utterances in foreign language settings entitled code-switching or (CS). It has been noticed that CS has not yet been explored intensively in the higher educational institutions of the Gulf region; the reason that attracted us to conduct this study in Oman (one of the Arab Gulf region countries). This study explores the educators and learners’ attitudes towards CS in higher educational institutions in Oman. Two questionnaire surveys along with two interviews were administrated. A total of 338 students and 21 educators participated in the study. The results pointed out that gender, age, major, and degree have no significant impacts on students’ attitudes towards code-switching use. The results also revealed that gender, age, academic rank, and teaching experience have no significant effects on educators’ attitudes towards the use of code-switching. It is believed that CS would be one of the encouraging and effective educational approaches to be deployed in higher educational contexts.

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