The EMI policy in UAE universities and its impact on arab students' identity and faith in their academic Arabic

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In the UAE, the adoption of EMI policy is being carried out in higher education without problematization. This study aims to assess the preferences of Arab students regarding their favored language of instruction. It also aims to examine how they perceive their Arab identity after studying in EMI universities. The study is based on a critical theoretical framework. A sequential mixed-methods approach of quantitative and qualitative data collection was used. Qualitative thematic analysis was carried out to analyze interviews while quantitative data analysis was used to analyze survey data. The participants were UAE University students whose first language is Arabic. The findings showed that many of them seem to have lost their faith in Arabic as a language of academia and see EMI as the normal MI, although they still consider academic Arabic an essential part of their identity, which raises questions about their sense of self-worth and self-esteem. © The Author(s) 2020. All rights reserved.
Arab identity, Arabic as language of academia, Self-esteem
Masri, T. (2020). The EMI Policy in UAE Universities and Its Impact on Arab Students’ Identity and Faith in their Academic Arabic. In: Troudi, S. (eds) Critical Issues in Teaching English and Language Education. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham., pp. 67-93.