Ali Alzubi

Ali Alzubi
Najran University · Department of English Language

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics

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Introduction
Ali Alzubi earned his PhD in Applied Linguistics from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Languages and Translation, Najran University, Saudi Arabia. He has been teaching English for over 13 years. Ali does research in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Language Acquisition, Language Assessment, Mobile-Assisted Language Learning, and Discourse Analysis.
Additional affiliations
September 2009 - April 2019
Najran University
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
June 2016 - March 2019
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Field of study
  • Applied Linguistics in English Language

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Publications (26)
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The successful output of language learning process should ensure effective inputs by the key figures (teacher, student, stakeholder, and curricula) of education. This study aimed to examine preuniversity students’ perceptions on the attributes of an effective English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Saudi Arabia. Mixed-methods research design...
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Comprehension is one of the most crucial factors contributing to acquiring a new language; therefore, teachers must facilitate language comprehensibility using the best teaching practices to help learners understand the target language. This study aimed to identify tertiary EFL teachers’ practices for teaching language comprehensibility to assist i...
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Secondary school graduates who pursue a university education should possess linguistic and personality attributes and other higher learning abilities. The lack of any of these traits may significantly impact students' future endeavors. This research aims to identify secondary school graduates’ attributes and their types; to discover any significant...
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Feedback has been vital and essential in all educational settings and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom interaction draws no distinction. It contributes to students' language learning and achievement. It, when involves learners during classroom interactions, becomes oral corrective feedback and has been viewed as a dynamic practice for...
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Assessment is a key component of the educational spectrum and engages teachers in evaluating students' performance through various methods. During the Covid-19 pandemic, teachers employed various assessment methods through the online mode of teaching and learning; now, at the beginning of the end of the pandemic, teachers are back to practicing off...
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The significance of this study is to improve the assessment quality of future online English as a Foreign Language (EFL) writing tests through Blackboard, a learning management system (LMS), and to avert any potential inclusion of odd items. This study aims to examine the Blackboard (Bb) test quality at the Preparatory Year Program (PYP) in an Engl...
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This study examined the metaphor of love conceptualization in English and Arabic emotional songs. It aimed to contrastively analyze the construct of the love metaphor in the two languages based on the theoretical framework of conceptual metaphor proposed by Lakoff (1987, 1993), Lakoff and Johnson (1980), and Turner and Lakoff (1989). Content analys...
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Students need more independent roles to evaluate their learning performance, especially in the absence of teachers’ feedback due to some constraints such as technology and poor experience. This study investigates the potential of online self-evaluation on students’ writing skills in English as a foreign language (EFL). It examines the preparatory y...
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This article reviews previous research conducted on the role of mobile devices that support learner autonomy (LA) in English as a foreign/second language (EFL) context from 2010 to 2021 based on a number of criteria that included research design, publication type, period, field of study, and use of technology. Mainly, the review examined design fea...
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The study aimed at investigating the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools in enhancing the researchers' efficiency among English as a foreign language (EFL) faculty members. An explanatory mixed methods design was used to collect data from a sample of 43 EFL faculty members through a closed-end online survey and a WhatsApp g...
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The study aimed to investigate the Arab English language learners’ readiness towards and effectiveness of using Web 2.0 applications in language learning process at a university in Malaysia. Using a quantitative research design, 50 Arab postgraduates responded to a questionnaire about their readiness towards and effectiveness of Web 2.0 application...
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This chapter reports on the Yemeni and Saudi EFL learners' use of language learning strategies (LLSs) in technology-mediated language learning contexts. The study examines whether nationality and gender play a significant role in using LLSs on electronic platforms. The study adopted a correlative design in which 100 Yemeni and Saudi university stud...
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This study explored the perceptions of English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers at a foundation year in a university in Saudi Arabia. Forty-one (27 males and 14 females) teachers completed a survey using Google Forms. The results indicated that the majority of teachers (83%) supported the integration of smartphones in EFL context, in which 71%...
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This study reports on a qualitative experimental research that investigated the application of smartphone-mediated language learning strategies (SMLLS) in relation to learner autonomy (LA) of pre university students in EFL reading context in Saudi Arabia. A class of 35 students who received a strategy-training programme participated in the study. T...
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This study investigated the impact of reading learning strategies (RLS) mediated by smartphone features and applications on the learners' psychological autonomy in English as a foreign language (EFL) reading context among undergraduates in Saudi Arabia. A total of 70 male students in two intact reading classes participated in this study. A question...
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This study investigated the impact of social strategies mediated by smartphone features and applications on socio-cultural autonomy in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) reading context among undergraduates in Saudi Arabia. Two EFL reading classes of 70 students acted as an experimental and a control group participated in this study. A questionnai...
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Traditional classrooms confine English as a Foreign Language (EFL) reading to the textbook and the classroom setting, something that demotivates active reading. With the advent of mobile technology, however, such boundaries can be broken to include external reading materials where students could read and share anytime and anywhere. This paper inves...
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Language learning strategies (LLS) and learner autonomy (LA) are believed to achieve a sustainable long-life learning process leading to a more reading competence (O’malley & Chamot, 1990; Oxford, 1990). LA is a pedagogical imperative inasmuch as language is largely an autonomous activity (Kumaravadivelu, 2006). This study examines the improvement...
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This paper explores the current practices of learner autonomy among Saudi undergraduates at Preparatory Year, Najran University. The Short List questionnaire developed by Dixon (2011) was administered to measure the use of autonomous learning in English as a foreign language (EFL) context. Quantitative data were gathered from 208 male students in l...
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Discourse-based approaches to EFL reading have shifted the students` students`passive role to become 'text resistant'. This paper examines the extent to which Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) enhances analytical reading practices in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) reading context among Preparatory Year students at Najran University. The paper...
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This paper investigates the efficiency of using mobile technology in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) reading classroom of 30 male students at Preparatory Year, Najran University. Specifically, the study aims to explore the role of this new integrated method in enhancing the EFL learners’ reading practices. Integrating Freebody and Luke’s (1990)...
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This paper investigates the role of WhatsApp, a widely used application in cell phones, in providing EFL learners with appropriate learning settings to use English language freely and effectively. To achieve the goal of the study, the researchers chose four native speakers of English and forty students from Preparatory Year, Najran University, Saud...
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This paper investigates the role of WhatsApp, a widely used application in cell phones, in providing EFL learners with appropriate learning settings to use English language freely and effectively. To achieve the goal of the study, the researchers chose four native speakers of English and forty students from Preparatory Year, Najran University, Saud...
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This paper investigates the role of WhatsApp, a widely used application in cell phones, in providing EFL learners with appropriate learning settings to use English language freely and effectively. To achieve the goal of the study, the researchers chose four native speakers of English and forty students from Preparatory Year, Najran University, Saud...
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This paper investigates the role of WhatsApp, a widely used application in cell phones, in providing EFL learners with appropriate learning settings to use English language freely and effectively. To achieve the goal of the study, the researchers choose four native speakers of English and forty students from Preparatory Year, Najran University, Sau...

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I would like to ask about the challenges and difficulties that EFL teachers face during online education at university level in the aspects of use of technology, assessment, students' participation, motivation, etc. , learning materials, teaching methods, etc.
Thanks in advance
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I have a paper on the role of technology in enhancing researchers' efficiency. Unfortunately, I cannot find a journal that publishes such kind of topics (the role of technology in enhancing researchers' efficiency).
I wonder if you can help me find an ISI or Scopus journal that publishes papers on the role of technology in enhancing researchers' efficiency.
Thanks,
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I am planning to administer a survey to a number of students (female and male) and looking for the appropriate way to choose the sample. The students are grouped into sections course-wise by the system of admission and registration and they are considered homogeneous. My question is that is using cluster sampling would be suitable? I mean I choose not students but sections as students in the sections are considered homogeneous and after that I choose sections randomly as a sample of the study. If this technique is not suitable, what sampling technique would you suggest?
Thanks,
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I am planning to conduct a mixed methods study in which gender is a main variable. I want to do a focus group and because of the gender segregation the focus group with female students is not possible as they do not favor to have their answers recorded. My inquiry is that can I do a focus group to male students and administer an open-ended questionnaire to female students for the same objective and compare their answers where the same questions and themes will be asked? I have also another quantitative questionnaire for both male and female students. Thanks
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I appreciate that you help me find a ready mobile application designed specifically to help learners of a new language learn language learning strategies in terms of both theory and practice either in one skill or four skills.
Thanks,
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The number of male subjects differed between the control and experimental group:29 and 30 in the post conduction of the instruments due to dropping the course or semester and being deprived because of absence. Are there any references that okay this difference?
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My question is about determining how smartphone features and applications assist learners in the use of language learning strategies to improve learner autonomy in EFL reading.
What interview questions would you suggest that would meet the research question?

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