Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number 4 December 2022                                 Pp. 215-236

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Male Students’ Perceptions of Being Taught by Female Teachers under the Backdrop of
Saudi Cultures and Traditions in ESL Classrooms

 Samah Abduljawad
English Department
Royal Commission for Yanbu Colleges and Institutes
Saudi Arabia


Received:07/05/2022         Accepted:11/05/2022                 Published:12/15/2022


 Abstract :
The study aims to investigate the perceptions of male students of being taught by female English Second Language (ESL) teachers and examine the efficiency of instructors in teaching English to male students under the restrictions of Saudi customs. Teaching male students of the opposite gender to whom they have not been exposed to prepared before in Saudi Arabia might have an impact on their feelings which may deter them from learning ESL successfully. Therefore, the study aims to answer the main research question; what are the male students’ perceptions of being taught by female ESL teachers in Saudi Arabia? The researcher employed a mixed-method design: A quantitative method, which consists of an ESL test and a 20-item questionnaire, which were distributed among ninety male students in Saudi Arabia to determine their language competence and feelings towards the opposite gender, and a qualitative method, which consists of semi-structured interviews with six ESL teachers and six learners. The study highlights the fact; although teaching male students to females in Saudi Arabia has slightly an impact on their feelings, such as feeling shy and not accepting of them, it does not negatively affect the learning of a second language. However, the efficiency of teaching ESL is the most considerable from the student’s perspective. The outcome of the study can essentially contribute to the development of learning ESL in the Saudi context; it demonstrates some barriers that female ESL teachers face in male classes and highlights some strategies to help female teachers easily interact with male students.
Keywords: Female teachers, gender, male students, perception, second language learning, ESL classrooms

Cite as:  Abduljawad , S. (2022). Male Students’ Perceptions of Being Taught by Female Teachers under the Backdrop of Saudi Cultures and Traditions in ESL Classrooms.  Arab World English Journal, 13 (4) 215-236.


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Received: 07/05/2022
Accepted: 11/05/2022  
Published: 12/15/2022 

Dr. Samah Abduljawad currently teaches English as a second language at English language and Preparation Year Institution, Yanbu Industrial Collage, Saudi Arabia. Samah has a master’s and a Doctorate in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from the University of Salford, UK. Her professional interests include teaching English as a second language, second language acquisition, and pragmatics. ORCID: