Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 1 March 2023                                             Pp. 369- 378

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The Effect of Blogs on Jordanian EFL Eighth-grade Students’ Achievement in English

Hamza Al-Maharmah
The World Islamic Sciences and Education University
Language Center, Amman, Jordan

Jibrel Al-Saudi
The World Islamic Sciences and Education University
Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Department of English & Literature
Amman, Jordan
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Received:11/08/2022         Accepted:03/08/2023                 Published: 03/24/2023


This quasi-experimental study assesses the usefulness of blogs as teaching and learning tools for the EFL at Jordanian schools in Amman. The study focuses on the increased significance of the English language for the international competence of Jordan and its workforce. The study also assesses the benefits that blogs can provide for eighth-grade students. To answer the question of what effect do blogs have on improving reading and writing skills, the researchers used a sample of students from two schools in Amman, and undertook a quasi-experimental study by applying a pretest-posttest design. The researchers selected a sample of 72 eighth-grade EFL students in Amman and divided them into control and experimental groups. The regular EFL curriculum was administered in both groups, but supported with a blog component for the experimental group. The results indicated a significant improvement in the students’ reading comprehension skills and writing competence when using blogs. The study recommends that teachers promote active participation of the students on blogs.
Keywords:  Blogs, English achievement, EFL 8th-grade students, reading comprehension, writing competence

Cite as: Al-Maharmah, H., & Al-Saudi, J.  (2023). The Effect of Blogs on Jordanian EFL Eighth-grade Students’ Achievement in English.  Arab World English Journal, 14 (1): 369- 378.


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Received: 11/08/2022   
Accepted: 03/08/2023
Published: 03/24/2023 

Dr. Hamza Al Maharma is an assistant professor at the Language Center at the World Islamic Sciences and Education University in Amman, Jordan. His research interests include Language Acquisition, TESOL, TEFL and CALL. ORCid ID:

Dr. Jibrel Harb is an assistant professor of Linguistics at Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at The World Islamic Sciences & Education University (WISE) in Jordan. His research interests include Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Translation, Morphology, Syntax, Language Learning and Acquisition. ORCid ID: