Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number1 March 2021 Pp. 498 -514
Challenges and Strategies in Teaching Speaking Skills to the Yemeni EFL
Learners at Aden University: A Case Study
Abdulbari Mahboob Ahmed Al-Hassaani
Department of English, College of Education, University of Aden, Aden, Yemen
Department of English, College of Arts, University of Bisha, Bisha, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulkarim Fadhl Mahmood Qaid
Department of English, College of Education, Saber, University of Aden
Recived: 11/22/2020 Accepted: 1/26/2021 Published: 3/24/2021
This study focused on Yemeni EFL learners of second-year level, Department of English, College of Education/Saber, Aden University. Yemeni learners started to study English in class seven at the age of about 14, and this is a problem for Yemeni EFL learners. Besides, Yemeni EFL learners’ problems were inadequate syllabus and inappropriate teaching materials of English-speaking skills course. The researchers identified a problem existing in the classroom. The learners in this college faced difficulties in their study of English-speaking skills at Aden University. This was because of their limited background in English. They felt anxiety and fear of making mistakes. The study’s main objective was to examine the difficulties faced by the Yemeni EFL learners in English-speaking skills course at Aden University. The study contributed to finding remedies to the Yemeni EFL learners’ problems in English -speaking skills. It would also help syllabus designers, teaching materials writers, learners, and teachers at Aden University. We conclude that the Yemeni EFL learners need enough time to practice English-speaking skills at Aden University. The current syllabus and teaching materials for teaching English-speaking skills need to be changed and developed to match the learners’ needs in the labor market.
Keywords: Aden University, challenges, English language, speaking skills, strategies, Yemeni EFL learners
Cite as: Al-Hassaani, A. M. A., & Qaid, A. F. M. (2021). Challenges and Strategies in Teaching Speaking Skills to the Yemeni EFL Learners at Aden University: A Case Study. Arab World English Journal, 12 (1) 498 -514.
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