Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number3  September 2020                                Pp. 398 – 416

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Relationship between Translation Students’ Grade Point Average Scores and Grammatical
and Sociocultural Competencies at King Saud University

Faisal M. Alqahtani
Department of English Language and Translation
College of Language and Translation,
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia




The current study is motivated by the dearth of studies regarding English translation students’ grammatical and sociocultural competencies and their relationship with their Grade Point Averages (GPAs). To fill this gap, this study sought to find if there is a statistically significant relationship between the respondents’ GPAs and their levels of grammatical and cultural knowledge. To do this, a multiple-choice test with four sections was developed and validated by experts in the field to examine the respondents’ levels of grammatical and sociocultural knowledge. The first two sections examined respondents’ knowledge levels of the functions of the key elements of English language tense and aspect (FELTA) and Acceptable Forms of English Language Tense and Aspect (AFELTA). The other two sections examined their knowledge levels of aspects of the culture of American English native speakers (AspCNS) and culturally appropriate American English language use (AppLU). The sample for this study were selected randomly from the department of English Language and Translation at King Saud University. Seventy-five male English translation students from different college levels responded to the questionnaire test. Using descriptive statistics, the responses were coded and analyzed, and thereafter, the respondents’ scores on each single section of the test were compared with their GPA scores to determine the statistical significance of differences and correlation. It was found that there was a statistically significant relationship between the GPA scores, the respondents’ knowledge of AFELTA, and the knowledge of AppLU. However, no significant relationships were found between the GPA scores and the respondents’ knowledge of FELTA or knowledge of AspCNS.
Keywords: cultural competence, cultural translation, EFL tense and aspect, Grade Point Average, grammatical competence, sociocultural competence

Cite as: Alqahtani, F. M. (2020). Relationship between Translation Students’ Grade Point Average Scores and Grammatical and Sociocultural Competencies at King Saud University. Arab World English Journal11 (3) 398 – 416.


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