Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges January 2022        Pp. 342 -355

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The Use of Blackboard in the Practice of English-Speaking Skills among Saudi EFL Learners
during COVID-19

Emran Ismail Al-Oqaily
 Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia
Corresponding Author:

Abdul Rahim Hj Salam
 Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia

Dr. Kew Si Na
 Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia

Received:12/6/2021                   Accepted: 1/ 11/2022                Published: 1/24/2022


The current coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic caused a temporary halt to educational activities around the world. The abrupt and fast shift from regular face-to-face learning to fully online learning altered the students’ impressions toward the Blackboard application and its use. It is important to have an in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of using the blackboard platform in developing students’ skills. The current study included a review of both quantitative and qualitative papers according to their relevance to the Saudi context to get a clearer image about the use of blackboard in building up Saudi EFL learners speaking skills. The purpose of this study is to address and review the studies that investigate students’ perceptions of the Blackboard program as a mere tool of learning English courses in Preparatory Year, as well as the impact of those perceptions on students’ use of Blackboard. This work underlines previous literature associated with blackboard as a platform in the practice of speaking skills in the English language among Saudi English as Foreign Language (EFL) Learners. It is meant to provide an overview of how Blackboard computer and internet-based virtual class (CIBVC) is used to overcome Saudi EFL learners’ difficulties in English-speaking skills and describes their speaking ability from the perspectives of accuracy, fluency, and Anxiety. This work suggests that the students’ earlier knowledge of online learning via Blackboard has a positive impact on their perceptions. It also contributed to online learning of English language speaking skills and the learning via the online learning platforms’ research field during the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Keywords: blackboard, speaking skills, fluency, accuracy, managing anxiety, covid-19, online learning, Perception

Cite as: Al-Oqaily, E. I., & Salam, A. R. (2022). The Use of Blackboard in the Practice of English-Speaking Skills among Saudi EFL Learners during COVID-19.  Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (2) 342 -355.


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Received: 12/6/2021  
Accepted: 1/ 11/2022  
Published: 1/24/2022

Emran I. Al-Oqaily. Ph.D. Candidate, Language Academy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. His research interest is related to the use of technology in language learning and computer mediated communication as well as language learning and language acquisition. ORCID:

Dr. Abdul Rahim Bin Haji Salam. Associate Professor, Language Academy. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, His research and teachings are wide-ranging within or intersections between TESL and Technology in Language Learning.
ORCID: 0000-0002-8023-1014

Dr. Kew Si Na, Senior Lecturer, Language Academy. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, email: Her research interest is wide-ranging in Technology and Language Education (TLE), Online Teaching and Learning, Learning Analytics (LA), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Technology-enhanced Language Learning (TELL), Computer-assisted language learning (CALL). ORCID: 0000-0001-6648-6806