Arab World English Journal: Special Issue: Application of Global ELT Practices in Saudi Arabia September 2019   Pp. 87- 102

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Assessing the Writing Assessment
The Perception of Saudi Graduate EFL Learners: A Case Study

Dr. Abdullah Alshakhi
English Language Institute
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia




This research study followed a qualitatively based research design utilizing semi-structured interviews to investigate the perception and beliefs of Saudi graduate students registered on a Master of Arts (M.A) Applied Linguistics program at a major Saudi government university with regards to the writing assessment practices at the graduate level. The participants who volunteered to take part in this study, were ten male, Saudi MA Applied Linguistics students in their first year of the two-year MA Applied Linguistics course. The collected data, in the form of audio recordings of the participants’ interviews, were transcribed verbatim and thematically analyzed. The analysis of the gathered primary data led to the emergence of four overall themes pertaining to the perceptions of the students of the writing assessments in the M.A. Applied Linguistics course. The study concludes with some pedagogical implications for the EFL graduate context. It also offers some recommendations for current EFL assessment practices and several directions for future research.
Keywords: postgraduate EFL learners, qualitative analysis, Saudi EFL context, writing assessment

Cite as:  Alshakhi, A. (2019). Assessing the Writing Assessment. The Perception of Saudi Graduate EFL Learners: A Case Study. Arab World English Journal, Special Issue 1: Application of Global ELT Practices in Saudi Arabia. 87-102. DOI:


Dr. Abdullah Alshakhi is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the ELI Institute at
King Abdulaziz University. With particular research interests in language testing and assessment,
assessment literacy, and language policy, Dr. Alshakhi has published in both local and
international journals. He is actively involved in several workshops involving language assessment
and testing through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the European Association of
Language Assessment and Testing (EALTA). Further, he is an enthusiastic member of the Center
of Assessment, Research, and Development at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign
Languages (ACTFL).