دلال عبد الرحمن أحمد باحنشل

 


      
 
الاسم الاول: 
دلال
اسم العائلة: 
باحنشل
الدرجة العلمية: 
دكتوراة
مجال الدراسة: 
علوم انسانية و اجتماعية
المؤسسة التعليمية: 
Aberdeen University

مجال التميز

تميز دراسي و بحثي

 

 

البحوث المنشورة

 

البحث (1):

 

عنوان البحث:

Motivation and Learning Strategies in a Foreign Language Classroom    a Look at Learners of Saudi Arabia 

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تاريخ النشر:

  09/01/2013

موجز عن البحث:

Motivation is a fundamental factor to fructify any functional and effective classroom setting with interest, hope and expressive fruitful teaching experience. Motivating foreign language learners to advance successfully in learning the target language (English) is a domain that has been discussed widely in many language learning studies. In fact, there is still much argumentation on to what extent motivation influence language learning as there is not clear evidence of how motivation manipulates the success or failure of the target language. It is noticeable that language learners, in this case Saudi university students, do not invest as much time in learning English as they do in learning their specialist subjects.  This paper tends to look at the meaning of motivation and how far does it go to affect language learning. It also attempts to investigate factors that frustrate learners by conducting different research tools such as interviews and questionnaires for both English students and instructors.  Research results present that many students dislike English classes and wish not to participate or attend them.  Additionally, teachers comment that despite the efforts to promote language learning, the outcome of their students is considered to be unsatisfactory. Teachers believe that this can be contributed to the fact that they are pressed to complete fixed curriculum in a limited period of time and abide by strict instruction to evaluate their students with no room left for them to personalize their own learning experience. Therefore, teachers need to be given opportunities to broaden their pedagogical repertoires and make English learning more engaging and more meaningful. The study implications shed the light on some useful hints to be applied in EFL classes.

 

البحث (  2):

 

عنوان البحث:

The Effect of Large Classes on English Teaching and Learning in Saudi Secondary Schools

 

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تاريخ النشر:

10/10/2013

موجز عن البحث:

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.

 

 

 

البحث (3):

 

عنوان البحث:

The Effectiveness of Vocabulary Learning Strategies on English Language Acquisition of the Saudi Learners

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تاريخ النشر:

15/02/2015

موجز عن البحث:

It is widely believed that vocabulary knowledge is so closely tied to language mastery.  For that, it tends to be one of the greatest challenges language learners, in this case English, encounter during their long journey in language acquisition and that is due to the great number of words learners suppose to comprehend and master as to be able to understand, communicate and use the target language (TL) effectively.  One of the effective avenues that has been found to greatly impact vocabulary acquisition is vocabulary learning strategy (VLS).  Therefore, the aim of this qualitative study is to investigate the strategies prioritized by Saudi high school students when learning English vocabulary with analyzing the impact of these strategies on vocabulary improvements.  It is proposed that VLS would aid Saudi learners, of all levels in general and high school level in particular, to acquire a vast number of vocabulary which consequently will motivate them to become avid, lifelong learners. The findings show that Saudi high school English learners employed some strategies, yet unconsciously, more than others.  Guessing word’s meaning from contexts, using dictionaries and memorizing new words seem to be the most preferable ones. Other strategies such as note taking and seeking help from others were less adopted.

  

 

 

البحث (4):

 

عنوان البحث:

Maximizing L2 Interaction through using Edmodo in Saudi EFL Classrooms

 

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تاريخ النشر:

25/12/2015

موجز عن البحث:

Many EFL students encounter massive difficulties when learning English and that is mostly due to the limited input of the target language (TL). English in EFL context such as Saudi Arabia is used only inside classrooms, and that leaves students with little opportunity to use TL through natural interaction.  To overcome these problems, teachers of these contexts are always seeking new methods to prompt the English performance of their students.  One way which is found to be of great effect is through the use of technology.  Technological approaches have been widely recognized to facilitate the rapid growth in communication and information access.  A great interest has been shifted to the concept of blended learning (BL) in English classes. This article sought to investigate the effectiveness of implementing a free e-learning platform; namely Edmodo, on the learning, interaction, motivation and classroom dynamics of L2 learners.  The study also aims to examine Edmodo’s eligibility in elevating the language level of foundation year students studying at the English Language Institution (ELI) at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  For this type of research, a mixed method of quantitative and qualitative approaches were employed to gather data from 60 female students placed into two separate groups. A positive correlation between students’ English proficiency and the employment of Edmodo was observed. It is intended that the research will contribute to the body of knowledge and raise awareness of the use of blended learning in EFL classes.

 

 

 

المؤتمرات العلمية:

 

 

 

المؤتمر (1):

 

عنوان المؤتمر:

16th  Annual International Conference on Education

تاريخ الإنعقاد:

19/05/2014

مكان الإنعقاد:

Athens, Greece

طبيعة المشاركة:

Paper presentation

عنوان المشاركة:

The Effect of Large Classes on English Teaching and Learning in Saudi Secondary Schools


ملخص المشاركة:

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 1950s, 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 a 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.

 

 

 

المؤتمر (2):

 

عنوان المؤتمر:

The Sixth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities

تاريخ الإنعقاد:

02/04/2015

مكان الإنعقاد:

Osaka, Japan

طبيعة المشاركة:

Paper presentation

عنوان المشاركة:

The Influential Role of Saudi Parents on their Children’s English Language Achievement


ملخص المشاركة:

In the field of second language acquisition and foreign language learning,  many researchers have focused on the way English language learners acquire the different language skills and the system they follow to master such skills. It has not been so long since research has taken another shift by concentrating on the characteristics of individuals, their habits and the multiple factors that affect language learning. Yet, parental attitudes, beliefs and involvement on their children achievements are domains for which researchers have shown little concern.  Until recently, little research has been undertaken to explore the influence of parents on the learning outcome of their children. This qualitative case study intends to investigate the family effect on high school English language learners by examining the influence of Saudi parents on the level of English proficiency of their children. The primary sources for collecting the data are interviews and class observation. It is anticipated that families have a great role in the promotion of schooling of their own children’s achievements and improvement, where English language is no exception. The findings of the study show positive relationships between family influence and the achievements of their children and reinforce the significant of parents’ involvement which contributes to obtain high level of English proficiency among Saudi high school students.

 

 

 

المؤتمر (3):

 

عنوان المؤتمر:

The Fourth Symposium "Methods in EFL Research"

تاريخ الإنعقاد:

21/05/2015

مكان الإنعقاد:

Jeddah, KSA

طبيعة المشاركة:

Paper presentation

عنوان المشاركة:

The Effect of Similar Lexical Forms (Synforms) on the Vocabulary Acquisition of Saudi English Learners

ملخص المشاركة:

Synforms (lexical with similar forms) difficulty is one of the areas of second language acquisition which has not been discussed widely. This study attempts to examine the difficulties of synforms and their influence on language acquisition in general and vocabulary learning in particular.  Investigating the different levels of proficiency of advanced and intermediate Saudi English learners, this study employs both quantitative and qualitative approaches.  The analysis aims to examine and clarify what trigger the synform problems to occur in the performance of some individual learners.  Even though the study findings offer an insight into the intricacy of synforms on the process of vocabulary acquisition, these findings cannot be fully counted on to stand for a whole population of learners.

 

 

 

المؤتمر (4):

 

عنوان المؤتمر:

11th  International Conference on Psychology, Language and Teaching (ICPLT)

تاريخ الإنعقاد:

19/09/2016

مكان الإنعقاد:

London.UK

طبيعة المشاركة:

Keynote speaker

عنوان المشاركة:

The Influential Role of Saudi Parents on their Children’s English Language Achievement

 

ملخص المشاركة:

In the field of second language acquisition and foreign language learning,  many researchers have focused on the way English language learners acquire the different language skills and the system they follow to master such skills. It has not been so long since research has taken another shift by concentrating on the characteristics of individuals, their habits and the multiple factors that affect language learning. Yet, parental attitudes, beliefs and involvement on their children achievements are domains for which researchers have shown little concern.  Until recently, little research has been undertaken to explore the influence of parents on the learning outcome of their children. This qualitative case study intends to investigate the family effect on high school English language learners by examining the influence of Saudi parents on the level of English proficiency of their children. The primary sources for collecting the data are interviews and class observation. It is anticipated that families have a great role in the promotion of schooling of their own children’s achievements and improvement, where English language is no exception. The findings of the study show positive relationships between family influence and the achievements of their children and reinforce the significant of parents’ involvement which contributes to obtain high level of English proficiency among Saudi high school students.

 

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