Saudi Parents’ Attitudes towards Using English as a Medium of Instruction in Private Primary Schools

Zahra Al-Qahtani, Abdul Wahed Al Zumor

Abstract


This study sought to investigate Saudi parents’ attitudes towards using English as a medium of instruction (EMI) in private primary schools.The study also attempted to find the reasons why Saudi parents prefer EMI private schools for their children. Additionally, it examined the effects of using EMI on children’s Arabic language and culture, and their educational achievement in the next levels. The sample was 68 Saudi parents who have their children in a private primary school. The study used a questionnaire for data collection. It used a mixed design since data were analyzed using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitative data were analyzed through statistical analysis (SPSS) while qualitative data were analyzed through content analysis using the categorization of themes. The results of this study showed that Saudi parents have positive attitudes towards using EMI in international private primary schools. Many Saudi parents prefer to send their children to EMI private primary schools, because they realize the importance of English as an international language, which can provide better opportunities for their children in the future. Also, they prefer to send their children to these schools, where English is used as a medium of instruction, because it is more effective if the child learned the language at an early age. However, some parents expressed a belief that English has negatively affected their children’s Arabic language.

 


Keywords


English medium instruction, Bilingual education, Parents, Attitudes, Private schools

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.5n.1p.18

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