Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 7. July 2021                           Pp.165-177
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.12

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Students’ Perspectives toward Virtual Classes Effectiveness on EFL Learners’ Communication Skills at
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University
 

Luluh Abdullah Alkathiri

English Department, College of Sciences and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz
University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author: l.alkathiri@psau.edu.sa

Alanoud Abdulaziz Alkulaib
English Department, College of Sciences and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz
University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Bashaer Saleh Batays
English Department, College of Sciences and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz
University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Khulud Mohammed Awdah
English Department, College of Sciences and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz
University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Norah Rashed Bin Muwayni
English Department, College of Sciences and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz
University, Al-Kharj, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Received:  3/5/2021                          Accepted:  7/10/2021                       Published: 7/26/2021

 

Abstract:
The study explores students’ perspectives towards virtual classes and the impact of such classes on EFL learners’ communication skills. Such study is valuable due to the lack of research works that investigate EFL students’ attitudes towards the effectiveness of such classes. Also, the findings can substantially improve the Saudi virtual education. Regarding the questions of the study, it answers two main questions: What are EFL learners’ attitudes towards virtual classes? What is the impact of virtual classes on EFL learners’ communication skills from students’ perspectives? To achieve the objectives of this study, a questionnaire was administered to 50 EFL students of levels seven and eight in English Department at the College of Sciences and Humanities at Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University. The findings indicated that students had positive attitudes toward virtual classrooms. Such classes could enhance their communication, and improve their technical and self-learning skills. Based on these results, some recommendations were suggested that could be taken into consideration in future studies. First, further studies should be done to investigate the impact of virtual classes on other science classes such as Chemistry and Medicine in the COVID- 19 period. Second, such study should be conducted with a different sample of students (male). Finally, the same research can be applied to faculty members to explore their attitudes toward virtual education and its effect on communication skills.
Keywords: Attitudes, communication skills, english as a foreign language, learners, perspectives, prince sattam bin abdulaziz university, technical skills, virtual classes

Cite as:  Alkathiri, L. A. ,  Alkulaib, A.A., Batays, B. S., Awdah, K.M., & Muwayni, N. R.(2021). Students’ Perspectives toward Virtual Classes Effectiveness on EFL Learners’ Communication Skills at Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University.
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (7). 165-177.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.12

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Luluh Abdullah Alkathiri got Master degree in Applied Linguistics (English Language) from Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia. I’m a lecturer of Applied Linguistics at the English Department of the College of Sciences and Humanities, Hotat Bani Tamim, Prince Sattam Bin AbdulAziz University, Al-Kharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Research interests focus on applied linguistics