Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number2 June 2021                                             Pp.399- 413

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Strategies of Teaching Writing at Saudi Tertiary-Level Institutions: Reality and

Khaled Abkar Alkodimi
Department of English Language and Literature
College of Languages and Translation
Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia
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Arif Ahmed Mohammed Hassan Al-Ahdal
Department of English Language
College of Arts and Sciences
Methnab, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia

Received: 2/1/2021                 Accepted: 6/8/2021                Published: 6/24/2021


Teaching writing in English is a particularly daunting task for EFL teachers. Much of it concerns teaching accuracy in text production, development and thought expression which is usually not the teachers’ stated aim. Thus, teachers’ perceptions to the teaching of writing and the actual classroom practices need examination, which is the aim of this study, a prerequisite to recommending pedagogical changes to bridge the gap that exists between educational aims and outcomes so far as the teaching of writing to EFL learners in Saudi tertiary level educational institutions is concerned. The study applies a quantitative approach via a survey conducted with one hundred EFL teachers at Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMBSIU, henceforth), Qassim University and King Khaled University, Saudi Arabia. Results suggest that inadequate English resources and inefficient teaching methods are, in general, the main causes of poor writing skills. Further, the teachers perceive limited lexis, irregular sentences, and orthographical differences with the mother tongue as impediments in the learners’ ability to write well in English. The study concludes with some pertinent recommendations to remedy the situation.
Keywords: EFL teachers, learners, perceptions, strategies, tertiary, writing

Cite as:  Alkodimi, K. A., & Al-Ahdal, A.A.M.H. (2021). Strategies of Teaching Writing at Saudi Tertiary-Level Institutions:
Reality and Expectations.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (2) 399- 413.


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Received: 2/1/2021  
Accepted: 6/8/2021
Published: 6/24/2021

Khaled Abkar Alkodimi is an assistant professor of English Language & Literature, Imam University, Saudi Arabia. He got his PhD. from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2011. Dr. Alkodimi has participated in a number of international conferences and published a number of articles in different internationally scientific indexed journals on a wide range of topics. ORCID ID:

Arif Ahmed M. H. Al-Ahdal is a Professor of Applied Linguistics, College of Sciences and Arts, Methnab, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Though his vocation is teaching, Dr. Al-Ahdal is an avid poet and writer. He has already published over 30 research papers published in Internationally Scientific Indexed Journals. ORCID ID: