Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 2 June 2023                                             Pp.146-160

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The Effect of Universal Design for Learning on the Proficiency of English as a Foreign
Language Students’ Acquisition of Reading and Vocabulary Skills

 Rashed Zannan Alghamdy
College of Education, Al-Baha University, Al-Baha, Saudi Arabia


Received:01/05/2023         Accepted:04/15/2023                 Published:06/24/2023


A mixed-method study was conducted for six weeks during a preparatory year at Al-Baha University in Saudi Arabia to investigate the influence of Universal Design for Learning on the competency and proficiency of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students’ acquisition of reading and vocabulary skills. The participants were 45 male students from Al-Baha University’s preparatory year, aged 18–21. The participants were subjected to standardized interviews and English achievement tests to gather qualitative and quantitative data respectively. The study’s results showed significant statistical variances between the post-test scores and the average scores of the EFL students using the Universal Design for Learning and the traditional method to acquire reading and vocabulary skills. This shows that the use of UDL has a statistically significant impact on students’ competency and proficiency in acquiring English reading and vocabulary skills. The findings of this study also revealed that UDL serves all needs of learners, boosts their motivation to gain more English skills, assists the students to break the barriers between themselves and the teacher, makes positive relationships among all students, provides varieties of materials for teaching, and gives options for the assignments.
Keywords: Academic achievement, reading skills, Saudi students, Universal Design for Learning, vocabulary skills

Cite as:  Alghamdy, R. Z.  (2023). The Effect of Universal Design for Learning on the Proficiency of English as a Foreign Language Students’ Acquisition of Reading and Vocabulary Skills.  Arab World English Journal, 14 (2) 146-160.


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Received: 01/05/2023
Accepted: 04/15/2023 
Published: 06/24/2023 

Dr. Rashed Zannan Alghamdy, is an associate professor at Al-Baha University in Education College, Saudi Arabia. His research focuses on Applied Linguistic, Teaching English as Foreign Language, Mobile language learning, Verbal Interaction, discourse analysis, learning process.