Arab World English Journal (December 2020) Theses ID 267 Pp. 1- 61
Communication challenges: Saudi EFL Speaking Skills and strategies to overcome speaking difficulties
Hayat Ahmad Kashmiri
English Language Center,Taif University
Taif, Saudi Arabia
Author: Hayat Ahmad Kashmiri
Thesis Title: Communication challenges: Saudi EFL Speaking Skills and strategies to overcome speaking difficulties
Institution: English Language Centre, Taif University
Year of award: April 2019
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Inayat Ullah Khattak
KeyWords: Anxiety, Arab learners, communicative approach, factors, fluency improvement, speaking skill, sociocultural theory
The purpose of this study to present the findings of research conducted to challenges faced by Saudi English as foreign language (EFL) learners and to formulate some strategies to overcome their speaking difficulties. In Saudi Arabia, there is a widely held perception that it is possible for the EFL learners to attain the high levels of proficiency in writing reading and listening, but they cannot speak English as compared to their peers from around the globe. This is quite concerning as these students have selective and compulsory English courses that run through their almost ten years of compulsory school education. The challenges to speaking by these students had formerly been addressed by sorting out the challenges of deficiencies in teacher development and teacher education, learners’ autonomy lack of material and technology in the EFL classes and anxiety in learning a foreign language. The purpose is to seek answers to the challenges of speaking English from the Saudi speaking EFL students themselves. In order to do that a sample of 66 students who have enrolled in year one of intensive preparatory English class will be used. A mixed method research design will be used in the triangulation of the findings for higher validity. Quantitative data will be analyzed with software for data analysis while qualitative data will be analyzed by making use of descriptive analysis. The findings will help to identify the reasons why speaking English is a challenge for Saudi EFL students which will help in the formulation of strategies to overcome such challenges.
Cite as: Kashmiri, H. A.(2019). Communication challenges: Saudi EFL Speaking Skills and strategies to overcome speaking difficulties. (M.A.Thesis). Retrieved from Arab World English Journal (ID Number: 267 .December 2020. 1- 61.
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