Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number2  June 2021                                                Pp.279-293

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Dynamic Assessment: A Complementary Method to Promote EFL Learning  

Shifan Thaha Abdullateef
Department of English Language and Literature
College of Sciences and Humanities
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University
Alkharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author:

Fatima  Muhammedzein
Department of English Language and Literature
Al Qassim University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

Received: 3/30/2021               Accepted: 6/9/2021                 Published:6/24/2021

Abstract :
Although some assessment modes have proved successful, many learning problems encountered by low achieving learners need to be fixed by a more procedurally adequate remedial classroom assessment. Many EFL instructors adopt conventional and static modes of assessment rather than flexible and humanistic assessment modes. Hence, the study aims at examining how Dynamic Assessment that premises on Vygotsky’s ‘zone of proximal development and advocates mediation through good social setting and practice can enhance EFL language learning. Accordingly, 25 EFL students pursuing the first level of an undergraduate course at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, formed the experimental group for the writing task and 20 for the Reading task. Pre-test and post-test were administered based on Browns’ Interventionist Model for writing task and Feuerstein’s Interactionist model for Reading Comprehension. In addition, an online questionnaire was distributed to 43 university teachers from Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University to elicit their opinion. Data were statistically analyzed using SPSS. The results show a significant relation between Dynamic Assessment and language learning. The implications of findings will be helpful in EFL classrooms and research.
Keywords: dynamic assessment, EFL learning, interactionist, interventionist, mediation

Cite as:   Abdullateef, S. T. & Muhammedzein, F. (2021). Dynamic Assessment: A Complementary Method to Promote EFL Learning.
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Received: 3/30/2021   
Accepted: 6/9/2021 
Published: 6/24/2021

Dr. Shifan Thaha Abdullateef is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of English, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia. She holds rich experience in diverse educational setups. Her research interests include EFL, Methods of teaching, Curriculum Designing, and CALL. ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2321-4904

Dr. Fatima Muhammedzein, is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Department of English, Al Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Her research interests include Linguistics, EFL, Research Methods and   Curriculum Designing.