Ali Said Mohamed Al-Issa, Dr.
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University
Ali has a Ph.D. in Education. He is currently an associate professor of TESOL, College of Education, SQU. He has presented and published widely in the field of ELT. He is currently the most widely cited Omani ELT scholar.
Omani ELT Student Teachers Climbing the IELTS Mountain (FSP53),
The IELTS requires different and special language learning strategies, which pose numerous challenges for its takers. This qualitatively driven hermeneutic phenomenology study triangulates data from semi-structured interviews made with six fourth-year ELT SQU Student Teachers (STs) and the pertinent literature. The critical discussion revealed various ideologies about the powerful impact of the IELTS on the STs’ language development. The findings have important implications for teachers’ practices in the Omani ELT school system and elsewhere.