Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number3.  September 2022                                    Pp.202-219

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Investigating Teachers’ Beliefs about the Issues Affecting their Assessment of the Writing
The Case of First-Year EFL Teachers at the University of Algiers 2 

Mounira Choubane
English Department, Faculty of Foreign Languages
University of Algiers 2, Algiers, Algeria
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Received: 06/14/2022                     Accepted:08/21//2022                Published:09/24/2022


The current study intends to investigate teachers’ beliefs about the issues encountered by writing teachers when they assess writing skills at the University of Algiers2.   It also examines the factors which lie behind these challenges. Understanding the nature of the perceived challenges of assessing writing is very important to rethink the assessment practices of writing skills.   Therefore, this study addresses the following research question: what are teachers’ beliefs about the issues encountered when assessing students’ writing skills? In this concern, the researcher adopted mixed method research to collect data by using a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview with ten teachers of writing selected randomly in the English department at the University of Algiers 2. Findings revealed that almost all teachers viewed the process of assessing writing as a very challenging task. Examples of the difficulties identified in this research include students’ language problems, teachers’ confusion between focusing on the content or the form, time pressure, overloaded classes, and lack of sufficient time to assess students’ writing skills. Regarding the reasons behind these perceived challenges, teachers believed that the abovementioned issues stemmed from the lack of participation in a professional development program, low teaching load, and students’ lack of intensive practice.   This research provided a set of pedagogical implications to overcome these issues by calling for an emphasis on the importance of teachers’ participation in a professional development program, reinforcement of teachers’ training in the field of assessment, and the encouragement of students’ intensive practice, and a sufficient teaching load.
Keywords:  Assessment, EFL teachers, writing skills, teachers’ beliefs, university of Algiers2 

Cite as:  Choubane, M. (2022). Investigating Teachers’ Beliefs about the Issues Affecting their Assessment of the Writing Skills: The Case of First-Year EFL Teachers at the University of Algiers 2.  Arab World English Journal, 13 (3) 202-219.


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Received: 06/14/2022 
Accepted: 08/21//2022  
Published: 09/24/2022  

Mounira Choubane is a Ph.D. student, option Applied Linguistics and TEFL at the department of English at the University of Algiers 2.  She obtained her undergraduate degrees “BA” and “MA” from the University of Algiers 2. Her main areas of interest are assessing the four skills, assessment of English literature, teachers’ identity, and gender studies.