Welcome

Dear colleagues,
On behalf of the organizing committee, we have the pleasure to warmly welcome you to the national symposium on “Present and Future of English in Saudi Arabia: Research Concerns” which is organized by the College of Languages and Translation, King Khalid University. This symposium will be held at Abha during 25-26/12/1435 corresponding to 19-20/10/2014. The symposium shall include presentations to be given by distinguished speakers from Saudi universities ant it will focus on the following themes:

  • Language, literature and methodology
  • Language and culture
  • Language planning and the ELT curriculum
  • Language learning and technology

 

We look forward to welcoming you at the lovely city of Abha.

Arab Students' Attitudes toward English for Islamic Da'wa purposes

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Dr. Mohammed A. Zaid
Abstract—Of late much debate has risen as regards the ethical and religious use of English for Islamic Da‟wa purposes (EIDP), yet little is known about English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students' attitudes towards EIDP. The purpose of this grounded theory study was to discover and describe Arabian EFL students' perceptions of English courses offered for Islamic propagation purposes and the role of culture therein. Data were collected using semi-structured qualitative interviews with participants currently attending EIDP classes in the Abha city of Asir Province, KSA, in foreign communities Da‟wa Centres. The researcher concluded that students perceived EIDP courses as a potentially attractive alternative to traditional ESP courses, especially for students enrolled in Islamic colleges or institutions related to Da‟wa. The findings of this study will contribute to a greater understanding of students' perspectives, which will help ESP educators in better meeting EFL students‟ needs.

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