English or Arabic in Healthcare Education: Perspectives of Healthcare Alumni, Students, and Instructors
English Department, Faculty of Languages and Translation, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
Correspondence: Munassir Alhamami
English Department, Faculty of Languages and Translation, King Khalid University, New Campus at Greger, POB 9100, Abha, Saudi Arabia
Background: Using English as a medium of instruction (EMI) in non-English speaking countries to teach healthcare subjects has been questioned in various international healthcare educational contexts, despite the numerous benefits it offers to students and institutions.
Purpose: The present study collected data to examine the impact of the EMI policy and analyze the experiences of students and instructors in a healthcare course in Saudi Arabia.
Methods: The study used three instruments: alumni records (n = 3,044), instructors’ questionnaires (n = 134), and students’ questionnaires (n = 358). The participants were from different majors in five colleges at a Saudi University: College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and Applied Medical Sciences.
Results: The results of alumni data from healthcare colleges of the last five years revealed that the cumulative grade point average (GPA) can be predicted by the first semester grades of the students in the intensive English proficiency program. The results of the questionnaires indicate that the […]