Effects and Students’ Perspectives of Blended Learning on English/Arabic Translation



Blended Learning, Translation Skills, English/Arabic, Students’ Perspectives, Mixed Methods


Translation constitutes a problem for many students worldwide and Arab students particularly due to the ineffective approaches to the teaching of translation. The current study aimed at measuring the effect of a proposed blended learning programme on developing Egyptian secondary students’ translation skills from English into Arabic; and exploring students’ perspectives on this proposed programme. Social constructivism informs this study as its theoretical framework. This study adopted a mixed-methods research design with quasi-experimental research design and semi-structured interviews. Participants were divided into experimental and control groups, 20 students each. Results showed that the blended learning programme proved statistically effective in developing the translation skills of the experimental group students. Moreover, students' perspectives on the benefits and challenges of using the blended learning programme were reported. Theoretical and pedagogical implications for the teaching of translation using blended learning are provided.


Author Biography

Abdelhamid M. Ahmed, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Dr Abdelhamid Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Education (TESOL/Applied Linguistics), Curriculum & Instruction Dept., Faculty of Education, Helwan University, Egypt. He currently works as a faculty member at the Core Curriculum Program, Qatar University. He is experienced in teaching and researching EFL writing. He obtained his PhD in Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK. He has taught many courses at  His areas of research expertise include EFL/L2 writing problems, socio-cultural issues, assessing writing, feedback in EFL/L2 writing, and reflective journals. He is the editor of the following books: Teaching EFL Writing in the 21st Century Arab World: Realities & Challenges; Assessing EFL Writing in the 21st Century Arab World: Revealing the Unknown; The Handbook of General Education in MENA Higher Education; Feedback in L2 English Writing in the Arab World: Inside the Black Box.


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How to Cite

Ahmed, A. M. (2019). Effects and Students’ Perspectives of Blended Learning on English/Arabic Translation. Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 4(1), 50–80. Retrieved from https://arjals.com/ajal/article/view/175



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