Supporting first-year undergraduate emirati engineers in reading in english for science

Mark Wyatt, Asli Hassan, Alliya Anderson, David Young

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


Set in a Middle-Eastern engineering university context, where many first-year undergraduates studying chemistry, mathematics and physics before progressing to their main degree programmes are thought to struggle with reading for science in English, this article describes an intervention involving communication faculty designed to help. It draws upon qualitative data collected through various methods: reflective accounts of supporting the intervention provided by communication instructors; questionnaires completed by content instructors and students, followed by focus group discussions and interviews conducted with samples of the latter groups. Various benefits of the intervention are identified including greater awareness of the issues in both students and content instructors, and some positive changes in reported practices. However, evidence suggests the intervention could have been more effective if better planned, with challenges that arose anticipated; implications are discussed.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)33-62
Number of pages30
JournalAsian ESP Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Emirati engineering students
  • Middle eastern university
  • Reading for science
  • Reading in english


Dive into the research topics of 'Supporting first-year undergraduate emirati engineers in reading in english for science'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this