Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 3 September 2023                          Pp.166-181

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 EFL Students’ Perception of Using AI Paraphrasing Tools in English Language Research

 Ammar Alammar
Department of English, College of Education,
Majmaah University, Majmaah, Saudi Arabia

 Eman Abdel-Reheem Amin
Department of English, College of Education
Majmaah University, Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
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Received:06/07/2023         Accepted: 08/03/2024                Published: 09/24/2023


Researchers and educators have different opinions on the use of AI-driven automated paraphrasing tools (APTs). Such tools can improve students’ writing performance but may result in accusations of plagiarism if students do not use them appropriately. This study aimed to  examine EFL students’ perceptions of using APTs in their academic writing process. It fills a gap in the literature by highlighting the roles, appropriateness, and effectiveness of APTs use and identifying their advantages and disadvantages. During a research project course, the participants used APTs while writing their research papers. A questionnaire and semi-structured interviews were used to identify students’ perceptions of using APTs and to determine the advantages, disadvantages, and drawbacks of using them. The findings showed that EFL students’ perceptions toward using APTs are favorable; they view them as useful tools that have a significant impact on their academic writing process. The study recommended that APTs are helpful to EFL students but that students must not overly rely on them. Students must learn how to paraphrase to check the appropriateness of the texts produced by APTs.
Keywords: Academic writing, AI paraphrasing tools, automated paraphrasing tools, English
as a Foreign Language, research projects

Cite as:  Alammar, A., & Amin, E.A. (2023). EFL Students’ Perception of Using AI Paraphrasing Tools in English Language Research Projects.  Arab World English Journal, 14 (3) 166-181.


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Received: 06/07/2023
Accepted: 08/03/2024 
Published: 09/24/2023   

Ammar Alammar is an assistant professor of linguistics at Majmaah University. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics. His research interests include phonetics, phonology, language and second language learning. ORCID ID:

Eman Abdel-Reheem Amin is as assistant professor of TEFL at Majmah university. She holds a Ph.D. in TEFL. Research fields of interest are applied linguistics, TEFL, Language acquisition, and MALL. ORCID ID: