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Lenchuk, Iryna; Ahmed, Amer – SAGE Open, 2019
The study focuses on the strategies English as a foreign language (EFL) learners choose to take on in requests without evaluating them against the norm of a native speaker, as the concept of native speaker is ideologically problematic in the time of super-diversity. The study uses cultural scripts proposed in the field of cross-cultural pragmatics…
Descriptors: Speech Acts, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Al-Busaidi, S.; Aldhafri, S.; Büyükyavuz, O. – SAGE Open, 2016
This study investigated the characteristics of effective university instructors as perceived by 547 students. The students came from institutions in two different countries, Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman and Süleyman Demirel University in Turkey. They were asked to indicate the personality and the teaching characteristics they…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, College Faculty, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes
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Al-Mahrooqi, Rahma; Al-Aghbari, Khalsa – SAGE Open, 2016
The main objective of this study was to investigate the refusal speech act among Omani EFL college students. It examined how they refused in various situations and whether their responses were appropriate in terms of culture and accurate in terms of language. Forty-one English as foreign language (EFL) learners completed a Discourse Completion…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Semitic Languages, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Vardhan, Julie – SAGE Open, 2015
The present study has been undertaken to examine the growth trajectory of the higher education (HE) sector across all the countries in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region, the transition toward internationalization, quality initiatives undertaken, and movement toward regional integration. The study aims to provide a review for the shifting…
Descriptors: International Education, Higher Education, Web Sites, Universities