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Mere indolence or genuine Hindrance: Paucity of publishing in ELT at Sultan Qaboos University

Author(s): Ali Said Al-Issa | Ali Al-Bulushi

Journal: Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences
ISSN 1305-9076

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 2;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: English Language Teaching | Language Center | Sultan Qaboos University | Oman | Academic Publishing

This study investigated the reasons why Omani English language teachers at the Language Centre (LC) at Sultan QaboosUniversity (SQU) tend not to publish in the English Language Teaching (ELT) field or a related one. Publishing has always beenone of various venues for professional development in any academic area in any context. ELT at SQU is not an exception.Twenty Omani ELT teachers at the LC at SQU responded to an online questionnaire about their professional publicationactivities. The results showed that the participants are being overburdened with administrative and technical responsibilitiesand assigned a heavy teaching load. Furthermore, the participants hold perceptions about publishing as being a demanding andchallenging process due to reasons related to their professional competence or the work culture and environment they belongto.

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