Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number3.  September 2022                                  Pp.  536 -554

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Improving Language Assessment Literacy for In-Service Saudi EFL Teachers 

Faten Ali Salami
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Rasha Mastour Alharthi
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Received:0/4/2022             Accepted:09/01/2022                 Published:09/24/2022


A teacher’s ability to create and implement high-quality assessments is a key component of assessment literacy. Therefore, improving teachers’ language assessment literacy (LAL) is one of the most important factors in assuring the quality of language testing and assessment (LTA). Thus, this study aimed to investigate the perceived level of LAL among Saudi in-service English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers. Additionally, it aimed to identify the aspects of LAL that in-service EFL teachers wish to improve through further professional assessment training. Two research questions were formulated to achieve the study aims; a) what is the perceived level of LAL among Saudi in-service EFL teachers? b) What aspects of LAL do in-service EFL teachers wish to improve through further professional training? A questionnaire was administered to collect the data. Fifty EFL female instructors at King Abdulaziz University responded to the online questionnaire. To analyze the data, SPSS software was used. Regarding teachers’ perceived level of LAL, the results indicated that Saudi EFL teachers lack a well-developed knowledge of assessment literacy. The findings showed that the majority of the teachers received either no training or basic training in LAL. In regard to teachers’ training needs,  the findings highligted that there is a need for training in nearly all the aspects of LAL, with priority being given to different content areas of LTA. Finally, the study recommended providing Saudi EFL teachers with sufficient professional language assessment training.
Keywords: Content of assessment, language assessment literacy, language testing, Saudi EFL teachers.

Cite as:  Salami, F. A. , &  Alharthi, R. M.  (2022). Improving Language Assessment Literacy for In-Service Saudi EFL Teachers
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Received: 0/4/2022 
Accepted: 09/01/2022 
Published: 09/24/2022 

Faten Ali Salami is a Master student in TESOL at King Abdulaziz University. She has published several research articles in peer reviewed international journals. Her research interests include students’ engagement in EFL classes, Feedback in L2 writing, and language assessment.


Rasha Mastour Alharthi currently does her Master in TESOL at King Abdulaziz University. Rasha previously taught English in the English Language Center (ELC) at Taif University. She has a CELTA certificate in teaching English. Her research interests include teacher professional development and language assessment.