Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number2  June 2020                                               Pp. 395-410

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 Difficulties in Pronouncing English Morphemes among Saudi EFL Students at Albaha
University. A Case Study in Almandag


Ibrahim Abdalla Ahmed Abker
Egnlish Department, Faculty of Sciences and Arts
Albaha University
Almandag.,Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 




This study attempts to investigate difficulties in pronouncing English morphemes among Saudi EFL students at Albaha University, in Saudi Arabia. The researcher tries to answer different questions in this study. Do students pronounce English morphemes correctly? Do they pronounce correct morpheme adds to verb present? Do students pronounce the right morpheme adds to verb past? The significance of this study the researcher tries to let students correct their mistakes on the pronunciation of English morphemes. Also, to let students practise more pronunciation about English morphemes nouns and verbs. The main aim of this study is to fill the gap of pronunciation problems in pronouncing English morphemes. The participants were twenty-five students reach level five. The researcher used Descriptive Statistical Method and the data were collected by one mean of data collection oral recorded tests. The data were analysed by (SPSS) program. The study arrived at the following results: Saudi students faced problems in showing the correct pronunciation of English morphemes for both nouns and verbs. Students face difficulties to distinguish between which morpheme is correct.They ignored the rules of using English morphemes in general and there is a lack of practising them.The recommendations of this study are (1) Students need to revise the rules of English morphemes of nouns and verbs. (2) They need more concentration about using morphemes of both nouns and verbs. (3) Students need more practice about the pronunciation of English morphemes of plural nouns and verbs (present and past tense) in conversations and classrooms.
Keywords: English Foreign Learners, English morphemes, first language, pronunciation, second language

Cite as: Abker, I.A. A. (2020). Difficulties in Pronouncing English Morphemes among Saudi EFL Students at Albaha University. A Case Study in Almandag..Arab World English Journal11 (2) 395-410.  DOI:


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Dr. Ibrahim Abdalla Ahmed Abker. Assistant professor of Applied Linguistics at Albaha
University, Faculty of Sciences and Arts, Almandag, Saudi Arabia. Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics
2016 from Sudan University of Sciences and Technology (Sudan). Master of ELT from Aljaziera
University, 2013 (Sudan). BA of English Language and Literature, Omdurman Alahlia University
1999, (Sudan).