Reima Al-Jarf
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I am a professor at king Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where I teach English as a foreign language to college students. To view my research articles, Powerpoint conference presentations, teaching materials and photo gallery, please visit Google Scholar, Researchage & Academia.

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The Power of the English Language.

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 11:32am 0 Comments

English is, undoubtedly, the global language. One of every four people in the world can communicate in English. English is the official language of 85% of world organizations. It is the language of political meetings, the language of international conferences, the language of technology, commerce, banking, tourism, most research papers, reference books, terminology, economics, and international business. It is the language of the most widely-circulated newspapers, T.V. programs, movies,… Continue

The Role of Higher Education Institutions in the Arabization Process

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 11:29am 0 Comments

Findings of an exploratory study with a sample of students at the colleges of medicine, pharmacy, science, and computer science revealed that English is the language of classroom instruction and most textbooks used in most of the courses at those colleges. Students reported that they do not study the Arabic equivalents of English technical terms in their major area of study. It was noted that students have misconceptions about the Arabization processes. Most of them believe that borrowing and… Continue

Global Themes in Saudi history textbooks for Grades 4-12

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 11:27am 1 Comment

The study tried to find out whether Saudi history books for grades 4-12 contain global themes; in which grade levels global themes are introduced; the percentage of global themes, local history themes and Islamic history themes; and which global history themes are taught. A checklist of global history themes was developed. Those are: global systems; historical periods; ancient civilizations; world empires; world religions; human immigration; major wars; colonization and liberal movements;… Continue

Combating Students' Difficulties with English Spelling

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 11:25am 0 Comments

Although the language program at the College of Languages and Translation, King Saud University offers several English language courses: Listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary building, grammar a dictionary skills in the first four semesters, the spelling skill is completely ignored. Since many college students at COLT are poor spellers, I developed a spelling course that was integrated into the teaching of listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and dictionary skills… Continue

The Saudi National Reading Curriculum: Global Issues

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 11:02am 0 Comments

This study aimed at finding out whether the National reading curriculum for grades 7-12 in Saudi Arabia contains global themes, in which grade level those global themes are introduced, the percentage of global themes in each grade level, and which global themes are emphasized more than the others. A checklist consisting of four main global themes was developed. Those are (1) global systems such as cultural, political, economic, ecological, technological, social, educational and healthcare… Continue

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