Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 2 June 2023                                             Pp.3-18

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Peer Observation of Teaching in EFL Classrooms in Saudi Universities: Challenges and

Najla Alghamdi
Foreign Languages Department
Taif University, Main Campus, Taif, Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author:

Haifa Al-Nofaie
 Foreign Languages Department
Taif University, Main Campus, Taif, Saudi Arabia

Reem Alkhammash
English Department,  University College
Taraba, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia


Received:01/11/2023         Accepted:04/25/2023                 Published:06/24/2023


This paper aims to analyze the kinds of peer observation of teaching in Saudi English language institutes. The data revealed that three models of peer observation of teaching are used: evaluative, developmental and collaborative. It was apparent that the evaluative model is the dominant one. The analysis of the results showed that there is a negative attitude toward Peer Observation of Teaching (POT) among teachers. They do not welcome the idea of being monitored and judged. The authors realized that institutes could enhance the benefits of POT by providing teachers with clear guidelines and engaging them in the construction of institutional policies that welcome other POT models
Keywords: Collaborative Observation; Developmental Observation; Evaluative Observation; Peer Observation
of Teaching; Saudi universities.

Cite as:   Alghamdi, N., Al-Nofaie, H., & Alkhammash, R. (2023). Peer Observation of Teaching in EFL Classrooms in Saudi Universities: Challenges and Applications.  Arab World English Journal, 14 (2) 3-18.


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Received: 01/11/2023
Accepted: 04/25/2023 
Published: 06/24/2023

Dr. Najla Alghamdi, is an assistant professor of sociolinguistics at Taif university at the Department of Foreign Languages. Najla is interested in dialect variation and change, and she published number of articles about Saudi dialects. She is intersected in language teaching as well. Najla is a member in a linguistic research group at the University of Essex, UK, and a member of the scientific committee at Forum for Arabic Linguistics, UK. ORCID:

Dr. Haifa Al-Nofaie, is an associate professor at the Department of Foreign Languages at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Newcastle University, UK Her research interests include bilingualism, CALL and language pedagogies.  She was a series cultural advisor to ELT Oxford University Press between 2014 and 2015. She has published some research studies in international journals. ORCID:

 Dr. Reem Alkhammash, is an associate professor of linguistics at Taif University. She also the Director of the English Language Centre. She obtained her Ph.D. from Queen Mary University of London in Linguistics. Her work published in reputable journals such as Discourse & Communication, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Scientific Studies in Reading and other international peer-reviewed journals. ORCID: