Language policy in Dubai’s schools: From theory into practice

dc.Location2022 LB 2805 A28
dc.SupervisorDr Emad Abu-Ayyash
dc.contributor.authorABUATEYH, NOUR
dc.descriptionThis paper studies the challenges of implementing the language policy at international schools in Dubai and suggests some potential solutions to fill these gapsen_US
dc.description.abstractThe qualitative research aims at exploring the language policy in Dubai’s schools and highlight the areas that can be improved from theory to practice. There was the use of a Survey, Semi-Structured Interviews, and Secondary Data (Policy Documents). Purposive sampling was used to choose research participants with Survey Participants being taken from education professionals or those who closely work in fields related to education. This was done to ensure the reliability and validity of the data collected. The theoretical framework was based on approaches such as the Language Policy and Planning (LPP), Critical Language Policy (CLP), and Language Management Theory (LMT). These helped the researcher have a firm basis to develop the academic project and understand some of the language policy dynamics currently happening in the UAE. The outcome of the research showed huge potential for language policy research. Some of the issues that were noted to hinder the implementation of effective language policy in the UAE include poor communication of language policy across the school community, staffing issues, the lack of resources, the absence of many different native languages in the mainstream curriculum, and the mismatch between the policy expectations and the actual level of student’s aptitude. The solutions highlighted in this study include the setting of clear goals for the language policy that is shared with the policy designers and the policy users, the increased involvement of language teachers with the school leaders in the design and review process of the language policy, continuous professional development of language teachers among others.en_US
dc.publisherThe British University in Dubai (BUiD)en_US
dc.subjecteducational policiesen_US
dc.subjectlanguage policyen_US
dc.subjectUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)en_US
dc.subjectprofessional developmenten_US
dc.titleLanguage policy in Dubai’s schools: From theory into practiceen_US
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