Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number4 December 2020 Pp.291- 306
Revisiting Grammar Teaching in a Saudi EFL Context: Teachers’ Perceptions and
Mariam Yousef Abduh
Department of English
College of Languages and Translation, Najran, Saudi Arabia
Department of English
College of Languages and Translation, Najran, Saudi Arabia
In language, meaning is conveyed and received through words and grammar. A phrase or a sentence is not a random collection of words. In the absence of grammar, words hang together without any real meaning. Thus, grammar plays an essential role in language teaching. With adequate grammar explanations in meaningful contexts and practice, some serious errors in learners’ language can be avoided. This study aimed at examining the relationship between teachers’ perceptions of grammar teaching and their actual practices in a Saudi EFL context. Questionnaires and classroom observation checklists were used to gather information about teachers’ perceptions of grammar teaching and to compare that with their practices. The paper sought to find answers to these questions: 1) What are teachers’ perceptions of grammar teaching? 2) Do teachers’ perceptions of grammar correlate with their actual teaching in EFL classes? 3) What are teachers’ perceptions of problems, if any, hindering their practice of grammar teaching? The sample consisted of 23 teachers who completed a questionnaire discussing their perceptions of grammar teaching and practice. Six of these teachers were observed teaching grammar in classes. The findings revealed that there was a negative correlation between teachers’ perceptions of grammar teaching and their perceptions of their grammar classes. Also, there was a negative correlation between teachers’ perceptions of grammar teaching and the observed classes. However, teachers’ perceptions of their classes were mostly reflected in observation cards, and they were positively correlated. Further, the study revealed teachers’ tendency towards traditional methods of teaching where the meaningful practice was overlooked.
Keywords: belief, grammar teaching, perception, practices, Saudi EFL Context
Cite as: Abduh, M. Y., & Algouzi, S. (2020). Revisiting Grammar Teaching in a Saudi EFL Context: Teachers’ Perceptions and Practices. Arab World English Journal, 11 (4) 291- 306.
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