An Investigation of College Students’ Preferred Classroom Activities in an EFL Context

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With the use of a questionnaire administered to 93 EFL students and 47 teachers, the
present study investigates the perceptions of Omani college level EFL students towards their
most preferred classroom activities and their teachers’ perceptions of these preferences.
Eight types of class activities were investigated with a total of 48 items. These were: reading,
writing, listening, speaking, testing, feedback, participation and other activities. The study is
also set to explore the effect of two main variables on students’ classroom preferences,
namely the effect of student gender and students’ proficiency level. Results of the study
showed a wide agreement between students and teachers where they differed significantly
in only 14 classroom activities out of 48 activities. As for the effect of gender, the results
revealed that the means scored by female students in all types of classroom activities were a
little higher than means scored by male students, however, this difference was not a
statistically significant one. There were also differences between advanced and beginning
students in favor of advanced students in some types of class activities. The study makes a
number of pedagogic recommendations.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberISSN: 2376-760X
JournalJournal of Applied Linguistics and Language Research
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • classroom activities, preferences, Higher Colleges of Technology, EFL, gender, proficiency level, Oman

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