Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.7 Number.1 March, 2016                                      Pp.490-  505
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no1.30

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Evaluation of Listening and Speaking Syllabus in EFL Situation at the
Preparatory Year Program

                                                                                                             

Taj Mohammad
Preparatory Year Program, Najran University
Saudi Arabia 

Bilal A. Itoo
Preparatory Year Program, Najran University
Saudi Arabia

Abstract:
The present study aims to find out whether the syllabus of listening and speaking at Preparatory Year Program Najran University fulfils the desired learning outcomes or not. Despite immense efforts made by teachers, students are not able to acquire a desired level of competency (as stated in the objectives of the syllabus) in listening and speaking course/skills. This study attempts to analyse the contents of the syllabus with special reference to listening and speaking skills, to identify the gaps between the syllabus and students’ performance in listening and speaking and suggest some remedies in order to fill the gaps between the syllabus and learning outcomes. A survey questionnaire with 10 statements focusing on the key elements of the syllabus (as outlined in the objectives of the present syllabus) was used as a tool to collect data from 20 EFL teachers. Their responses were analysed using a likert scale. In addition, an interview with 5 key statements on the current syllabus was also conducted with the same teachers in order to know their opinion and suggestions on the present syllabus. The interview included 5 key statements on the current syllabus. The analysis of data demonstrates that the present syllabus meets out its objectives to certain extent but not completely. As the result shows that most of the statements based on the key elements of the syllabus fall in the category of ‘moderate’, it is suggested that the syllabus should be revised so that it could fulfil the objectives of the course completely and fill the gaps between the syllabus and learning outcomes.
Keywords:  content analysis, evaluation, listening and speaking skills, syllabus analysis

Cite as: Mohammad, T., & Itoo, B.A.  (2017). Evaluation of Listening and Speaking Syllabus in EFL Situation at the Preparatory Year Program.  Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no1.30

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Taj Mohammad, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Preparatory Year Program, Najran
University. He has been a Fulbright fellow at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. He
got his TESOL from University of Wisconsin, USA and a few courses in ESL/ EFL from NCSU,
USA. Before he joined Najran University, he worked at GLA University, India on the same post.
He has also been engaged in teaching at English Access Micro scholarship Program in India
funded and supported by US Government. His research interests primarily are on Indian writing
in English/ EFL/ESL.