Palestinian University Students’ Problems with EFL Essay Writing in an Instructional Setting

  • Enas Abdullah Hammad


Very little attention has been paid to English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students’ writing problems in the Palestinian context. Hence, the current study aimed to examine Palestinian EFL university students’ essay writing problems as perceived by the students themselves and their instructors. To collect the study data, the researcher utilized three researcher-made instruments: an EFL essay writing test, an open-question questionnaire, and semi-structured interviews. While the EFL essay writing test and the open-question questionnaire were administered to 60 Palestinian university students, the semi-structured interviews were conducted with three English writing instructors. Results showed that the students’ English essay writing problems included lack of linguistic knowledge, word-for-word translation, cohesion errors, and lack of academic style. In light of the results, implications were provided.


Content Knowledge Vocabulary Knowledge Male Instructor Linguistic Competence English Language Teaching 
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  • Enas Abdullah Hammad
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  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Methods of Teaching EnglishAl-Aqsa UniversityGaza StripPalestine

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