Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number3  September 2020                                  Pp.585-598

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Attitudes of EFL Teachers toward the Competency Based Language Teaching: The Case of
South Algerian Secondary Schools in Adrar

Bachir Bouhania
Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Languages
University of Adrar Ahmed Draia, Algeria




After more than seventeen years of implementation (2003) in the Algerian educational system, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers react unexpectedly to the Competency-Based Language Teaching (CBLT). They show resistance and resilience to change via variable attitudes towards CBLT. The paper reports the results of a field investigation carried out in eight secondary schools in Adrar, cultural and administrative capital of the southwest of Algeria. It assesses south Algerian EFL teachers’ attitudes towards CBLT through a questionnaire administered to twenty educators. The most striking answers are the teachers’ negative attitudes and diverging opinions toward its “top-down” implementation. The findings highlight a major issue to the Ministry of Education, the syllabus designers and the teachers at the micro-level, for they impact negatively on the spread and success of CBLT. The paper invites for debates about curricula and pedagogy in Algeria.
Keywords: Adrar, Algeria, secondary schools, Competency-Based Language Teaching, English as a Foreign Language

Cite as:  Bouhania, B. (2020). Attitudes of EFL Teachers toward the Competency Based Language Teaching. The Case of South Algerian Secondary Schools in Adrar. Arab World English Journal11 (3) 585-598.


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Professor Bachir Bouhania got his doctorate in Sociolinguistics (2007) from the University of
Oran Es-Sénia, Algeria. Currently, he teaches General Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Phonology
at the department of English, University of Adrar Ahmed Draia, southern Algeria. He also peerreviews academic papers for several local, national and international journals such as Arab World
English Journal (AWEJ), International Academic Forum (IAFOR), and Sage Open. He has also
been Senior Reviewer for international conferences (Brighton: UK, 2014; Ouarzazate: Morocco,
2012). ORCid: