Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number2  June 2020                                                  Pp.275-289

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English-Mediated Presentations in Pharmacy: Exploring Literacy Practices among Saudi
Female Undergraduates

Noura A. Alghamdi
English Language Institute
University of Jeddah
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia




Despite the complex nature of language learners’ needs, researchers on language use in tertiary education tend to look at these needs through textual analyses associated with written discourse more than any other aspect of language use. Because learners’ needs, however, extend to include recognizing the challenges and situated nature of language use among learners (Hyland, 2006), this article adopts a social account of literacy (Barton, 1994; Barton and Hamilton, 1998; Street, 1984; Pahl &  Rowsell, 2012) to explore the literacy practices surrounding how year-five female undergraduates engage with English-mediated oral presentations in pharmacy at a Saudi Arabian university. The article offers a situated understanding of these undergraduates’ views of English as a considerable challenge in this literacy event to provide a more in-depth understanding of how undergraduates address this challenge. The article concludes by offering some suggestions as to how knowledge of the social practices surrounding learners’ engagement with reading and writing can help to inform EAP pedagogical practices.
KeywordsEnglish-medicated oral presentations, social practices, ethnography, Saudi female undergraduates, language learners’ needs 

Cite as: Alghamdi, N. A. (2020). English-Mediated Presentations in Pharmacy: Exploring Literacy Practices among Saudi Female Undergraduates. Arab World English Journal11 (2) 275-289.


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Noura Ali Alghamdi is an assistant professor at the English Language Institute, University of
Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her research interests include qualitative research methodology,
literacy studies, multimodality, identity and computer assisted language learning.