Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 1. March 2018                                           Pp. 350-  364

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The Effectiveness of STOP and DARE in Planning and Drafting Argumentative Writing:
A case of Saudi College Level Students


Sahal R. Al Shammari
 Department of English language Skills, Preparatory & Supportive Studies
Northern Border University, Male Campus
Rafha, Saudi Arabia


Changing social dynamics have influenced writing a lot and learning and teaching process has also evolved greatly in terms of its theoretical as well as practical aspects. EFL learners in Saudi context behave very much differently to the writing tasks as English is introduced at a later stage in school education. Consequently, learners face a lot of challenges in responding positively to the methods and strategies implemented at the college level. The courses are intensive but failed to achieve the desired outcomes at the end of the program.  A sample of work from 20 second year bachelor level students is taken to check the validity STOP and DARE strategy in improving students’ writing skills and also to see how the learners respond to this method. Teaching of argumentative writing is a part of their mother tongue teaching of which they are conceptually aware of but how do they respond in EFL learning is of interest to this present study.
Key words: Arab EFL learners, argumentative, SRSD, writing

Cite as: Al Shammari, S. R. (2018 The effectiveness of STOP and DARE in planning and drafting argumentative writing:
A case of Saudi college level students. Arab World English Journal, 9 (1).


Dr. Sahal Al Shammari holds Ph.D. in the area of TESOL from University of Kansas, USA.
Besides research papers to his credit, he has also authored a couple of fictions in Arabic language,
of which Yasir has been declared best-seller with more than 30,000 copies sold so far. He has
written scripts for educational films as well as documentary films for various media channels.
Being an ELT expert, he aims to explore the area of writing skills of the Arab EFL learners in
greater depth.