Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 4 December 2023            Pp.300-311

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A Prospective Study for Exploring Saudi EFL Learners’ Strategic Listening Skills through
Netflix from
Teachers’ Perspectives

 Maraam M. Alutaybi
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author:

Nurah S. Alfares
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia


Received:08/08/2023         Accepted:12/03/2023                  Published:12/15/2023


The future of technology use in EFL classrooms is an important subject to investigate in future study because Saudi Vision 2030 is a shift toward modernity and openness to the rest of the world; as English is a global language, the effective use of English is essential to achieving this purpose, and it is by developing its skills with a significant emphasis on listening proficiency. The study aimed to explore how Netflix will impact Saudi EFL learners’ strategic listening skills in the future from the teachers’ perspectives. This research’s significance lies in its alignment with the evolving educational paradigms and the increasing reliance on technology for language instruction; the study specifically sought to understand how the incorporation of Netflix might influence learners’ SLS in the future. To achieve this aim, the study involved ninety-six male and female faculty members from Saudi EFL university departments, selected based on their experience in teaching English and familiarity with digital educational tools. A mixed-methods questionnaire was designed and applied to collect the participants’ views on how Netflix will enhance the students’ SLS in the future. The study revealed high expectations about the role of Netflix in promoting learners’ SLS in the future.
Keywords: Netflix, prospective study, Saudi EFL learners, strategic listening, teachers’ perspectives

Cite as: Alutaybi, M.M., & Alfares, N. S. (2023). A Prospective Study for Exploring Saudi EFL Learners’ Strategic Listening Skills through Netflix from Teachers’ Perspectives.  Arab World English Journal, 14 (4): 300-311.


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Received: 08/08/2023
Accepted: 12/03/2023 
Published: 12/15/2023

Maraam M. Alutaybi has been engaged in teaching English as a foreign language since 2016 at Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia. She completed her Master’s Degree at Taif University and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in English Language Teaching (ELT) at Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Her research interests are primarily in ELT, language strategies, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ICALL). ORCID ID:

Dr. Nurah S. Alfares is an Associate Professor at Curriculum and Instructions, Education College at  Umm Al-Qura University, where she has been a faculty member since 2017. She completed her Ph.D. at University of Glasgow and her Master’s Degree from Strathclyde University in the UK. Her research interests lie in the areas of EFL, Cooperative and Collaborative Learning, and Communication skills in Teaching. She has published many papers in the field of ELT. She is a member of International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research (IJLTER), Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Australian Journal of Education Technology. ORCID ID: