The Difficulties Bilingual Prep-Year Saudi Students Face to Learning Mathematics in English

Reem Abdulaziz Aljuhani


The main objective of this study was to investigate the difficulties that Saudi learners faced in learning math in English. The current study aimed at bilingual Saudi learners in foundation year who were learning English as a foreign language and at the same time learning math in English as the language of instruction or as widely known the Lingua Franca. The participants of this study were foundation year Saudi female students at Yanbu University College in Yanbu Alsinaiyah, and male participants from another university in western Saudi Arabia. To collect data, the researcher used a quantitative approach where a questionnaire was used to attain students’ opinions about the difficulties, they faced in learning math in English. The findings showed that students indicated to some difficulties they faced in learning math in English. Some of the difficulties were: math terminology, English language, and solving math exams. In the end, based on the findings of the research, a series of recommendations were set.


language mathematics, bilingual, learning math

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