The Emergence of Writing Centres in the Saudi Higher Education Landscape: A Genealogical Investigation

  • Hamid Ali Khan Eusafzai


The chapter, taking Foucault’s concept of genealogy as a point of departure, examines the history and the present of writing centres (WCs) in the Saudi higher education (HE) landscape. Additional objectives are to explore attitudes and practices developing in this context, and how the present may shape the future. To realize these objectives, qualitative data have been analysed. The findings show that factors like “massification” of HE, the spread of English and the influx of foreign educational practices in the kingdom played a role in the establishment of WCs and in shaping their role and the kind of pedagogy for EFL (English as a Foreign Language) writing skills resulting therein.


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  • Hamid Ali Khan Eusafzai
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  1. 1.University of Central AsiaNarynKyrgyz Republic

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