English language study and teaching; English literature; Islamic universities and colleges; Saudi Arabia; Language and languages; Universities and colleges curricula, Saudi Arabia
This study focuses on identifying students' perceptions of the most successful and least successful methodologies of teaching/ learning- English language and literature in Saudi Arabian universities. The study employed a questionnaire format, which was distributed to the English Departments of three Saudi Arabian universities and one college for women, to gather data. Data analysis revealed that students had many problems, especially with Old and Middle English literature. Language problems, cultural differences, and unfamiliarity with the literary or historical backgrounds of the English literature were cited as the major obstacles to learning. Students of any foreign ,literature need a constantly improved curriculum which uses methods aimed at overcoming and simplifying these major language and cultural differences. Data analysis also indicated that students perceived the lack of oral practice and lack of stimuli, such as the use of films and other colorful supplemental material, as major reasons for their difficulties. The study has implications for English instruction in Saudi Arabia and for future research. Samples of the students' and teachers' comments are included in the appendix.
McGee, Nancy R.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Orlando (Main) Campus
Mansouri, Safa, "Learning English Language and Literature in Saudi Arabian Universities: Students' Perceptions of Successful and Unsuccessful Methodologies" (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 5135.