Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number2.  June 2022                                    Pp. 328-337

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Saudi EFL Learners’ Speaking Skills: Status, Challenges, and Solutions 

Abdulbari Mahboob Ahmed Al-Hassaani
Department of English, College of Arts, University of Bisha, Bisha, Saudi Arabia
Department of English, College of Education, University of Aden, Aden, Yemen
Corresponding Author:

 Abdulkarim Fadhl Mahmood Qaid Al-Saalmi
Department of English, College of Education, Saber, University of Aden, Aden, Yemen.


Received: 2/26/2022                  Accepted: 5/20/2022                     Published: 6/24/2022

This study focused on Saudi female English as a foreign language (EFL) learners, second-year level, English Department, College of Arts, Bisha University. Most the learners are exposed to the English language at a late stage, which is one of the challenges they encounter. The main objective of this study was to identify the main challenges faced by the Saudi female EFL learners in English-speaking skills. Main question of this research was what are the Saudi EFL learners’ main challenges in English-speaking skills in and outside the classroom? The significance of this study was to get a benefit both learners and teachers. This study contributed to finding solutions to the challenges encounter the Saudi  English as a foreign language (EFL) learners in the English-speaking skills. This study used only one of the academic research methods, which was the students’ questionnaire. The study concluded that the Saudi English as a foreign language (EFL) learners need enough time to practice English-speaking skills in the classroom and they should be motivated to speak English with anyone in and outside the classroom. The syllabus and teaching materials of the English-speaking skills courses need development to match the needs of the learners in their daily lives and to meet the demands of the labor market.  The recommendations and  solutions would help to tackle the current status and challenges in learning  English-speaking skills.
Keywords: Bisha University, Challenges, EFL learners, Saudi female learners,Solutions, Speaking Skills

Cite as:   Al-Hassaani, A. M. A., & Al-Saalmi, A. F. M. Q. (2022). Saudi EFL Learners’ Speaking Skills: Status, Challenges,
and Solutions. Arab World English Journal, 13 (2) 328-337.


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Received: 2/26/2022   
Accepted: 5/20/2022  
Published: 6/24/2022   

 Dr. Abdulbari Mahboob Ahmed Al-Hassaani is a Ph.D. holder. He graduated from India, in 2009. He is an assistant professor of applied linguistics, English Department, Aden University. He is currently teaching at English Department, College of Arts, University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia. DOI.

Dr. Abdukarim Fadhl Mahmood Al-saalmi is a PhD holder, graduated from India, in 2008. He is an assistant professor in methods of teaching, English Department, Aden University. He is currently working at Aden University. He is also a vice dean for the academic affairs, Community college in Yemen. DOI.