Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 10 October 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
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         G. Baskaran, Ph.D.



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Omani Women
Are Their Language Skills Good Enough for the Workplace?

Kiranmayi, Nallan Chakravarthi, M. Phil., M.A. (Hons)


His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the king of Oman said "We call upon Omani women everywhere ….to roll up their sleeves and contribute to the process of economic and social development." (on the occasion of 20th National Day of Oman) "…of paramount importance, are interpersonal and communication skills. And this is where women can shine, because these are skills we learned from the earliest age. For Arab women today, communication skills must include mastery of the English language as the main mode of communication in the international business world". Dr Rawya Al Busaidi, Minister of Higher Education, Oman, said to the Arab International Women's Forum on 'Women as Engines of Economic Growth' at The European Parliament, Brussels, April 2005.

It is in this context that the presenter, an English Language Instructor for the last six years in Oman wishes to report the results of the survey conducted to know if the English Language Programs offered by higher colleges of education in Oman are effectual in providing the necessary language skills to women and girls in preparation for the workplace.

Key words: English language programs, global Omanis, Oman Women's Association in Muscat (OWAM), half of Oman's potential.


Oman is situated in the Southwest Asia, nestled amidst the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf, bordering the Republic of Yemen, in the south, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in the west United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is considered one of the fifteen states that constitute the famed "Cradle of Humanity." With a land area of about 309.5 thousand square kilometers and a coastline of 1700 kilometers, it is the third largest country in the Arabian Peninsula.

A sustainable economic advantage stems from a country's resources-human, financial and natural resources. It is recognized that the country's greatest and most precious resource is its people. Therefore, their potential must be developed to enable them to build their present and prepare for the future. Consequently, the development of human resources has been a corner stone of Oman's development strategy.

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English Loanwords in Meiteiron A Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Analysis | A Report on the State of Urdu Literacy in India, 2010 | More Than Meets the Eye Reasons Behind Asian Students' Perceived Passivity in the ESL/EFL Classroom | English for Medical Students of Hodeidah University, Yemen - A Pre-sessional Course | Education as an Indicator for Human Resource Development | Representation of Malaysian Women in Politics | A Modern Approach to Application of Abbreviation and Acronym Strategy for Vocabulary Learning in Second/Foreign Language Learning Procedure | Causes of Social Acceptance of "O" and "A" Level Education System in Pakistan | Pronounce Foreign Words the English way! | Dubhashi and the Colonial Port in Madras Presidency | An Investigation of Davis' Translation of SHAHNAMEH - Rostam and Sohrab Story in Focus | Feminine, Female and Feminist - A Critical Spectrum on Selected Novels by Kamala Markandaya, Shahsi Deshpande and Arundhati Roy | Four-letter Words and the Urdu Learner's Dictionaries in Pakistan | Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin - A Study of the Impact of War on Historical and Economic Aspects of the Society | Was Gandhi a True Mahatma? | Omani Women
Are Their Language Skills Good Enough for the Workplace?
| Spread of English Globalisation Threatens English Language Teaching (ELT) in Pakistan | Multiple Intelligences, Blended Learning and the English Teacher | A Micro-Case Study of Vocabulary Acquisition among First Year Engineering Students | Imagery of Wilderness in Margaret Hollingsworth's Islands | The Influence of Learning Environment on Learners' Attitude in a Foreign Language Setting | Caste - Gender Ideology in Gundert's Malayalam-English Dictionary | Development of a Hindi to Punjabi Machine Translation System - A Doctoral Dissertation | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF OCTOBER, 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT. | HOME PAGE of October 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

N. C. Kiranmayi, M. Phil., M.A.(Hons)
Scientific College of Design
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Mutrah, Sultanate of Oman

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