The paper “ Why Do Emirati University Students Need English Preparation Programs When Entering the University? ” is an intriguing example of a research proposal on English. According to Melanie Swan, (2012) the head of the high-school exam board CEPA stated that “ 88 percent of students graduate with inadequate English to cope at University, where almost all courses are taught in English” (p. 1). This relates to why Emirati students spend at least one year in foundation programs offering English language learning opportunities despite having learned the language in high school.
As a result, the purpose of the proposed study is to explore the reasons that contributed to the lack of Emirati students’ readiness with the English language when they enter the university although they studied English in the school. A qualitative case study design will be used in the investigation. Random purposeful sampling will be used to select the participants. Credibility and reliability in the study will be achieved by different methods of qualitative data collection including individual interviews, focused group interviews, and observations. Ethical issues likely to arise in the study will be addressed by seeking approval from relevant authorities and consent from the participants.
The process data collection will involve individual and focused group interviews and the data analyzed using a thematic analysis approach. Keywords (Emirati students, English language, Qualitative research, Case Study design, English foundation programs, lack of readiness, University) Introduction Education in the UAE encounters several changes since the declaration of the federation in 1971. One of the main fields that the UAE government invested in is the education system in the country where it encouraged provided free education for local people, male and female, in schools starting from KG to the University level.
Due to the global changes around the world especially in the field of education, different changes happened in the educational system in the UAE in order to be able to compete, play roles and cope with the challenges around them in the world. The higher education is the door for preparing Emirati people to face the continues and the changeable challenges around them in the world. Most of the higher education institutions in the UAE provide the majority of the courses in English because English is the language that facilitates communication around the world and being able to use English will help students to have more options when entering the field of work.
Learning English considered being a challenge for some people who learn the language as a second language; they have to undergo short-term or long terms courses in order to learn the language (Youssef, 2012). Many Emirati students graduate from government schools with a low academic level in English although they study English at school.
Most of the courses in the universities are taught in English, so students are given remedial classes to improve their English language proficiency and are required to pass remedial tests so they can start studying at the university (Othman & Shuquir, 2013). In addition, many of them after graduating from high schools spend years in the English foundation programs, provided by the University they choose, before starting the study at the university. Through case study research and interviews, we will explore from Emirati student's perspectives the reasons that contribute to the lack of their readiness with the English language when entering the university.
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