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ERIC Number: EJ1078444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effect of Large Classes on English Teaching and Learning in Saudi Secondary Schools
Bahanshal, Dalal A.
English Language Teaching, v6 n11 p49-59 2013
The effect of class size on teaching and learning English as a foreign language (EFL) has been through a contentious debate among researchers for a long time. Before the 1950's the concern about the effect of class size and the learning outcomes of students in such classes waned for some time. Yet, researchers have reconsidered the case once again and up to now it is a field of investigation. Therefore, through reviewing the existing literature on this area and examples culled from the teachers' experience, the aim of the present study are twofold: (1) to ascertain the impact of large classes on the teaching and learning outcomes, and (2) to suggest appropriate strategies Saudi secondary teachers can utilize in their large classes to facilitate English teaching and learning. To reach the aim of this study, six Saudi English teachers from two public schools were interviewed to express their perceptions about teaching in large classes. Research results present that all participants find it daunting to teach large classes. Teachers also comment that despite their efforts to elevate the level of language learning in such context, the outcome of their students is considered to be unsatisfactory. They believe that this can be contributed to the fact that there are big numbers of students in one class and wish for the number to be reduced. The study findings shed the light on some useful and effective methods to be applied in large classes which may facilitate the language teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Class Size, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Secondary School Students, Outcomes of Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Language Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia