The Role Of English On The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

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The role of English in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Languages have a prominent status in all societies and in all developed and developing countries. The languages take this status because they are devices for communicating between humans. In many countries, there is more than one language that the people speak. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for example, the Arabic language is the official language in the country, and the English language is the second language that the citizens speak. The English language has a remarkable role in various sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
First, the English language has an important role in the education system. Dr. Al-Seghayer points out (2012), “It is the main and sole foreign language taught in Saudi Arabian public schools” (p.1). Previously, the students in Saudi Arabia were studying English from the seventh grade on. Then, some educators suggested that the English language is important as a compulsory class beginning in grade one. Therefore, the Ministry of Education decided to teach students English from grade one on. Also, the scholarships are given to students for studying English abroad. King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz made the right decision by creating the King Abdullah Program for studying English. This program chooses the students who achieve Bachelor’s degrees with great grades. Then, the program sends them abroad to study English and complete their studies in a university. The…

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