Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number2  June 2020                                                Pp.339- 360

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 Implementation of the Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model in
the Saudi Classroom: EFL Teachers’ Perspectives

Hind  A. Al Fadda
College of Education, King Saud University
Riyadh , Saudi Arabia



This study evaluates the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model and its application in the Saudi classroom from the English language teachers’ perspective. The study used a descriptive study design, with a selected sample of 300 male and female English language teachers from elementary and middle schools. The research conducted a group-wide comparison using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Findings illustrate that educational qualification, career status, job experience and training courses substantially affect application of the SIOP model in the classroom. Results also show that technical, financial capabilities and teachers’ qualifications enable the SIOP implementation in the Saudi classroom. The study suggests the implementation of the SIOP model for the sake of transitioning from the traditional English language education system to more advanced methods concerned with the systematic evaluation of English language teachers and classroom environment standards. The recommendation includes training teachers on the SIOP model and emphasizes providing other countries with the guidelines related to SIOP implementation in the English classroom.
Keywords: classroom environment, EFL teachers, sheltered instruction observation protocol (siop), English language learning

Cite as  Al Fadda, H. A . (2020). Implementation of the Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model in the Saudi Classroom: EFL Teachers’ Perspectives. Arab World English Journal11 (2)339- 360.


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Hind AL Fadda, is an associate professor in the Curriculum & Instruction Department, College
of Education, King Saud University, KSA. She is an author of many publications in the field of
teaching methodology in TESOL and computer-assisted language learning