Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number4   December 2021                                          Pp. 462-475

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Project Work in Moroccan EFL Classroom:  between the Official Guidelines’
Recommendation and the Challenges of Implementation

  Language, Communication, gender and educational engineering
Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences Dhar El Mehraz
Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University
Fes,  Morocco


Received: 8/10/2021               Accepted: 10/18/2021            Published:12/15/2021


Project work is used in several educational settings, including foreign and second language teaching contexts. In the Moroccan English as a foreign language (EFL)  classroom, the Moroccan Ministry of Education recommended implementing project work, and it is a common component of the Moroccan textbooks of English.  Yet, there is a scarcity of studies conducted on the use of project work in Moroccan EFL classrooms. The main aim of the study is to investigate students’ and teachers’ attitudes towards project work. The study addresses the question about students’ and teachers’ attitudes towards project work and the factors behind those attitudes. It was conducted with sixty students and eight teachers belonging to two different high schools (Moulay Rachid and Abbas Sebti high schools) in Tangier. To collect data, the researcher made use of two data collection methods, namely the questionnaire and the interview. The results of the study showed that both students and teachers had positive attitudes towards project work. The results also revealed that not all teachers follow the steps of using project work. Based on the results, it was clear that the lack of technology is one of the most severe challenges that hamper the use of project work. The findings of this study could form the basis for further research and contribute to improving the learning and teaching situation in Moroccan high schools.
Keywords: challenges of project work, Moroccan EFL classroom, project work, teachers’ and students’ attitudes

Cite as:   BOUQETYB, T.  (2021). Project Work in Moroccan EFL Classroom:  between the Official Guidelines’ Recommendation and the Challenges of Implementation.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (4) 462-475.


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Received: 8/10/2021 
Accepted: 10/18/2021  
Published: 12/15/2021   

Tariq BOUQETYB is a teacher of English as a foreign Language in Moulay Rachid public high school in Tangier, Morocco.  He is also a PhD candidate at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah university, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Dhar El Mehraz, Fes. His research interests include applied language studies, English language learning and teaching, and migrant education. ract and practice their roles within project work pedagogy.