Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number 4 December 2022                               Pp.486-502

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The Death of the English Language Classroom: Pedagogical Perspectives 

Iman El-Nabawi Abdel Wahed Shaalan
Department of English, College of Science and Humanities
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Colleges of Humanities
Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt


Received:09/26/2022         Accepted:11/30/2022                 Published:12/16/2022


The present study aims to explore the importance of the various pedagogical practices in the teaching/ learning process. The study also probes the obstacles to applying these practices in an English language classroom, and sheds light on the future expectations of the teaching/ learning process in light of them. The main question this study seeks to answer is: “What are the obstacles in the application of the various pedagogical practices of the teaching/ learning process?” The study employs a mixed-method approach based on qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Semi-structured interviews, followed by a close-end questionnaire, are introduced to some 20 female instructors of English in the department of English, at Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. Instructors are asked about their awareness of the various pedagogical practices of the teaching/ learning process, and the extent to which they apply them in the English language classroom. They are also asked about the students’ actual learning outcomes and future expectations in light of these practices. Results of the study showed dissatisfaction by the instructors due to discrepancies between the theoretical and actual learning outcomes. Results also showed dissatisfaction by the instructors due to the inapplicability of some pedagogical practices for various reasons and obstacles.
Keywords: Assessment and teaching methods, curriculum design and development, learning outcomes,
learning objectives, teaching and learning styles, the syllabus

Cite as: Shaalan, I. E. A.  (2022). The Death of the English Language Classroom: Pedagogical Perspectives.
Arab World English Journal, 13 (4) 486-502.


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Received: 09/26/2022
Accepted: 11/30/2022 
Published: 12/15/2022

 Iman El-Nabawi Shaalan is an Associate Professor of applied linguistics at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, College of Science and Humanities, Department of English, Saudi Arabia. Her research interests include language teaching methodologies, approaches to teaching foreign language skills, curriculum development and teaching methods, second and foreign language teaching and learning, test systems and evaluations, language acquisition, discourse analysis, and translation. ORCID: