Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges January 2022        Pp.329-341
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/covid2.22

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The Effects of Writing in a Class Blog on Saudi EFL Students’ Attitudes towards Writing
in English
 

Sultan Samah A Alenezi
School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
&
Department of English and Literature
Northern Border University, Arar,  Saudi Arabia

 

Received:9/23/2021                          Accepted: 11/30/2021            Published: 1/24/2022

 

Abstract:
This case study aimed to explore Saudi EFL students’ attitudes towards learning writing by using blogging in practicing their writing activities and tasks. It also sought to measure the effectiveness of blogging as an effective approach to enhance student’s writing abilities. The participants in this study were five students second-year undergraduate EFL students studying in the Department of English in Saudi university. The participants had completed a writing skills course as a compulsory course in their study program. A semi-structured interview was used to acquire data for this case study in order to learn about learners’ blogging experiences. The semi-structured interview data were analyzed thematically. The findings showed that the learners’ attitudes were positive toward using the class blog as a beneficial approach in EFL writing classes. Furthermore, they confirmed that their English writing skills improved as a result of blogging. Additionally, they mentioned that blogging enabled them to build an interactive learning environment in which they could share their experiences and perspectives with their peers and learn from one another. Finally, the study, emphasizes the importance of using blogging in EFL writing classes and recommends that blogging to be part of writing teaching curricula at the university level.
Keywords: Attitudes, blackboard, Blog, Saudi learners, technology, writing skills

Cite as:   Alenezi, S.S.A. (2022). The Effects of Writing in a Class Blog on Saudi EFL Students’ Attitudes Towards writing in English .  Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (2) 329-341.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/covid2.22

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Received: 9/23/2021
Accepted: 11/30/2021 
Published: 1/24/2022
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/covid2.22

Sultan Samah A Alenezi: Lecturer of Translation studies and Applied Linguistics. Department of English and Literature-University of Northern Border -Saudi Arabia. He is interested in Translation pedagogy, lexicography, academic writing, interactive technologies, particularly blogging in EFL writing classes. He is doing his PhD in the university of Limerick in Ireland about implementing of blogging in EFL writing classes. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5312-7289.