Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number2  June 2021                                                    Pp. 496 -520

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Saudi Female EFL Undergraduates’ Knowledge, Perceptions, Problems, and Suggestions
for Research Method Courses

Talal Musaed Alghizzi
Department of English Language and Literature, College of Languages and Translation, Imam
Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Received:  2/3/2021          Accepted:   6/23/2021              Published: 6/28/2021


This study aimed to analyze English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students’ knowledge and perceptions of research method courses in the Department of English Language and Literature, at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU). It also investigated the problems that students encounter and offered some suggestions for improving these courses. The significance of the study is that such topic has never been investigated before in such context. The study participants were 1,022 students (Levels three, four, five, six and seven) who voluntarily filled out a questionnaire consisting of sections on four factors/themes: knowledge, perceptions, problems, and suggestions. The collected data were analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics software to compare the students’ answers, and a one-way analysis of variance test was used to detect the differences between academic levels regarding each theme. The results showed that regardless of the students’ academic levels, all of them agreed on studying and therefore knowing the research basic components; however, regarding the elements constituting each of these basic components, significant differences were found between the five groups. The results also indicated that these students have positive perceptions of the courses even though they encountered some research-related problems such as in knowing all or some research basic components and their specific elements; writing all or some of them; citing, summarizing, and paraphrasing sources; allocating primary and secondary resources; collecting and analyzing data; and consulting research manuals. Finally, all students agreed that it would be helpful if they were assigned individual research supervisors and coauthored an article with them, a research course was taught in all academic levels for a bachelor’s degree, a research club was established, and research seminars were held.
Keywords: research methods, problems, suggestions, knowledge, perceptions, Saudi female EFL

Cite as: Alghizzi, T. M.   (2021). Saudi Female EFL Undergraduates’ Knowledge, Perceptions,
Problems, and Suggestions for Research Method Courses.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (2) 496 -520.


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Received: 2/3/2021 
Accepted: 6/23/2021 
Published: 6/28/2021

Talal Musaed Alghizzi, PhD. is an assistant professor in Applied Linguistics at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU). He has obtained his MA and PhD from University College Cork in Ireland. He is the chairman of the Chinese Department in the College of Languages and Translation.