Saudi EFL Learners’ Difficulties in Learning English: A Case of Secondary School Students

Majed Mohamad Hasan Drbseh


The difficulties of English language acquisition facing the secondary school for boys in Almuthneb are very important to be studied. Nowadays, all types of interactions between nations are done through English, as it is the only language in which non-native users can possibly communicate. It is the language of science, technology and business apart from being significant in political or diplomatic dialogues. Almost eighty years of teaching English in Saudi schools, colleges and universities, still, just like non-native learners in other non-English speaking countries, Saudi learners also confront many difficulties learning English. This study is an effort to bring out the major barriers and difficulties that Saudi students face while learning English. It proposes remedial measures for the barriers and problems. Particularly, the researcher tried to focus on the teaching methodologies and learning atmosphere prevalent in Saudi English classrooms.


Pedagogy, English Language Teaching, Communicative Approach to Language Teaching ‎‎(CALT), globalisation, information and communication technology‎

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