Developing a hybrid model for ESL learners in HEIs in the UAE
The object of this study was to find out what the main factors are to consider when utilizing a hybrid model in Higher Education Institutions in the UAE. The advantages and disadvantages of the hybrid model were looked at as well as what could be done to ensure students success. The study took a mixed methods approach with surveys and interviews being conducted. Data was collected from forty-five participants and the quantitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics which were then deduced and interpreted. The data revealed mixed opinions about teaching and learning with the hybrid model. The results from the qualitative research reflected and corresponded to the quantitative research. Despite the findings revealing the hybrid model to be an efficient flexible model its efficacy for undergraduates that are ESL learners is questioned. The study revealed motivation and student engagement to be the main issues.