Dubai Is An International Metropolis For K 12 Education Essay

1874 Words Nov 8th, 2016 8 Pages
“Mr. D, how do you say this (holding a pen) in English?” It was my first day back to school in Dubai. As I looked at my seventh grade student whom I knew I was going to be teaching history and geography to, exclusively in English, I realized I was in for a long semester. But, I empathized. “It’s a pen,” I said patiently. She nodded with understanding. Eight months later, my socially acclimatized student was conversing fluently in English with her peers. And, she had become one of my top students. Dubai is an international metropolis for K–12 education. Its education system (Knight, 2014) represents 186 nationalities, 255,208 students and 16 international curriculums (KHDA, 2015). As a former K–12 teacher who taught in Dubai, I wondered how my multi-national, multi-lingual former students were doing as they were now first year students, sophomores and juniors studying law, business, economics, medicine, education, art and media in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. I knew from literature that many international students are dissatisfied with their experiences in U.S., U.K. and Australian western higher education. Universities may not be providing international students with a supportive campus environment that offers high quality of service delivery (Khawaja & Dempsey, 2008; Miliszewska & Sztendur, 2012). As a researcher typically starts with a real-life issue that needs to be addressed, a problem that needs to be solved, or a question that needs to be answered (Crotty, 1998),…

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