Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number4   December 2021                                    Pp.536-550
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no4.35

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The Effectiveness of Gallery Run Technique on Saudi EFL Upper-Intermediate
Students’ Speaking  Skill: Learners’ Attitudes in Focus
 

Mohammad Awad Al-Dawoody Abdulaal
Department of English, College of Science and Humanities
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University
Al-Kharj 11942, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Port Said University
ma.abdulaal@psau.edu.s

Received: 11/23/2021                                Accepted: 12/24/ 2021                      Published:12/27/2021

 

Abstract:
Gallery Run (GR) is a classroom-based dynamic learning technique that promotes higher-order thinking and co-operative learning. This research study examined the influence of GR strategy on Saudi upper-intermediate English as a foreign language(EFL) learners’ oral skills. First off, 62 upper-intermediate EFL learners from a language school in Riyadh were opted and randomly sectioned into an experimental group and a control group. Then, the participants in the two groups were given a speaking pretest. The experiment group applied the GR technique in their classroom, whereas the control group received no treatment and continued with an ordinary classroom program. After two-month classes, a speaking posttest was given to the two groups. To analyze the data collected, Independent and Paired Samples T-tests were conducted. The results showed that the experimental group excelled and outperformed the control group. The results also showed that 25.8% and 48.3% of the participants agreed and strongly agreed respectively that the GR technique enhanced their self-dependence. Furthermore, 45% of the participants reported that the ambiance was delightful, which conduced to the amelioration of their speaking competence. Another significant result was that 61.2% and 19.3% of the learners strongly agreed and agreed respectively that GR reduced the levels of loneliness and social anxiety. Furthermore, 58.1% strongly agreed that the GR technique did not put them under any kind of stress, nor did it encourage social loafing. A final finding reported by the 48.4 % of the learners was that GR reduced their alexithymia, social anxiety, and self-monitoring.
Keywords: co-operation-based strategies, energetic learning, Gallery Run Technique, Saudi EFL,  speaking skills

Cite as: Abdulaal, M. A. A. (2021). The Effectiveness of Gallery Run Technique on Saudi EFL Upper-Intermediate Students’ Speaking Skill: Learners’ Attitudes in Focus.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (4) 536-550.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no4.35

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Received: 11/23/2021 
Accepted: 12/24/ 2021   
Published: 12/27/2021
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Mohammad Awad Al-Dawoody Abdulaal is an Assistant Professor of linguistics at Prince

Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, College of Science and Humanities. He finished his Ph.D. in linguistics at Suez Canal University in 2016. His research interests include syntax, psycholinguistics, semantics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics.
Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5471-5149