Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number4  December 2020                                    Pp.328-350

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Exploring the Effect of Using WhatsApp on Saudi Female EFL Students’ Idiom-Learning

Ameera Almogheerah
College of Languages and Translation
Al-Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia



The study aimed at investigating the effect of using WhatsApp-based learning activities on developing idiom knowledge among Saudi university English as a foreign language (EFL) students compared to conventional method. It also examined the students’ perceptions towards the application of WhatsApp in idiom-learning. The rationale for conducting this study is to   provide students with useful learning tools that may improve their idiomatic knowledge and also help them to practice English idioms anytime and anywhere outside the classroom. It also aimed to help teachers to streamline EFL instruction, making it more efficient, effective, and user-friendly. As such, the main research questions are what is the effect of WhatsApp-based learning activities on developing university female EFL students? and what are Saudi female EFL students’ perceptions on learning idioms using WhatsApp?. To answer these questions, 70 EFL female students in the Department of English Language and literature at Imam Mohammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) involved in the study. They were assigned into two groups; experimental group, who was taught English idioms via WhatsApp-based learning activities, and control group, who was taught English idioms conventionally in classroom. Two instruments were used to collect the data; a pre-post idioms achievement test and a post-study questionnaire. The findings demonstrated that the experimental group significantly outperformed the control group in idioms achievement post-test. Moreover, the results showed that the majority of the experimental group had a positive perception towards learning English idioms via WhatsApp.
Keywords: idiomatic expression, mobile assisted language learning, Saudi female EFL students, students’ perceptions, WhatsApp

Cite as:   Almogheerah, A. (2020).  Exploring the Effect of Using WhatsApp on Saudi Female EFL Students’ Idiom-Learning Arab World English Journal11 (4) 328-350.


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Ameera Almogheerah is EFL instructor at Saudi Arabia. She has a master’s degree in
linguistics with first honor , at Al-Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University. Ameera’s
research interests include second language acquisition and sociolinguistic.