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Title: A study of the curriculum and methodology for the teaching of English in Saudi Arabia with particular reference to learning difficulties encountered by students
Author: Al-Nafisah, K. I.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2000
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This study aimed to investigate the teaching and learning of the English language of intermediate and secondary levels in Saudi public schools for boys and to explore the difficulties and problems which students encounter in learning English. To achieve this, the study identified perceptions of students and teachers about the factors which could cause these learning difficulties. It considered the attitudes, expectations and motivations of students, teachers and parents in relation to the teaching and learning of English. It also determined the strengths and weaknesses of the English language curriculum and presented recommendations for one curriculum's improvement. This research used five data collection methods. They were: questionnaires, classroom observation, interview, materials collections, and samples of English final examination papers in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The study revealed that almost all subjects indicated that they recognised the importance of English in their daily life activities and to students for their future career and study. The study pointed out that almost all participants agreed that the current situation of teaching and learning English did not help students to acquire the language effectively. The majority of teachers and students agreed that there were a number of English learning difficulties. To overcome such problems, the study suggested a number of recommendations which it was believed, might improve English language teaching and learning in Saudi schools. It was hoped that the findings of this study would contribute to diagnosing and improving the English language programmes in the intermediate and secondary schools in Saudi Arabia.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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