Oman has been ranked very low for English proficiency in a survey. Do you agree or think the situation is changing?
Muna Basheer al Zadjali Private sector employee
English proficiency is necessary for studies. In fact, technological advancements have made learning English easier. There is a direct relationship between English language proficiency and accessing content on the Web.
Adults are on top in the English proficiency index and this reflects the growing importance of teaching English at university level globally.
Monika Modh Homemaker
It’s not that people in this country lacks proficiency in a certain language. It could be due to lack of confidence (shy) to communicate in that language which would be the case in other countries as well if you ask them to speak in Arabic for example. Oman is a fast-growing country and they are progressing in the right direction.
Jayento Sarkkar Contracts management
Even if agreed, there is not enough empirical evidence available to find a definite cause for this phenomenon. My personal experience is that women in Oman have stronger English skills than men while communicating. This is a good sign because a woman is a mother too, either today or tomorrow and who could be a better teacher than the mother herself.
Jayatee Choudhury Student
English proficiency is improving with a number of institutes offering a variety of courses. Nationals are trying to improve their speaking and writing skills. They are taking part in various competitions and increasing their interactions to improve on that aspect.
Padma Sivasankar Homemaker
Oman has low English proficiency. The government should improve the set up in the educational system to work on this aspect. To reach a higher level, there should be strong focus on communicative approach.
More importance should be given to exams like IELTS which assesses English proficiency.
Mohan Anandan Banking sector
The situation is certainly changing as Omani youths are not far behind in English proficiency. They are getting educated at foreign universities and acquiring skills to be competitive with the best in the industry. By making English compulsory at the elementary school level, an overall improvement could be achieved.
Muthumari Pandian Homemaker
Certainly true. A good platform for English proficiency is provided in schools. Everyone is focusing to improve language proficiency and communication skills at the school and college levels with additional coaching. So, the situation is changing. Oman is moving towards sustainable development with English proficiency adaptation.
Prashant Upadhyaya Marketing specialist
English proficiency must not be considered as an indicator for anyone’s capabilities. Becoming fluent in a foreign language is neither everyone’s cup of tea nor necessary for success. Oman has its own culture and Omanis need time to get used to a foreign language.
Ruskeen S Sales manager
I agree. The situation is, however, changing. Now, schools in Oman are giving importance to English language and parents very much support that. Mingling of students of different nationalities helps to improve on that aspect.
Sivasankar Credit executive
Oman has been ranked very low as nationals prefer to speak in their native language. In this changing scenario, there is an attempt to learn the language albeit slowly. Oman knows that quality education is key to achieve economic prosperity.