Ahmed Olayan R Alharbi


Research title: Curriculum and Pedagogy Alignment with Communicative Language Teaching Approach in Saudi Arabia

Research Summary

The research aims to examine how communicative language teaching (CLT) is implemented in Saudi Arabian middle schools. It examines how CLT fits into, or rubs against, the pedagogical culture of Saudi Arabia, how textbooks address CLT principles, how the teachers and students understand CLT, what teachers and students understand to be the advantages and disadvantages of using CLT, and how the teachers have learned to teach CLT.


Paper: Alharbi, A. O. (2019). The Impact of Saudi Arabian Teachers’ Beliefs On Their Use Of L1 or L2 in the Classroom in the Context of Communicative Language Teaching: Arab World English Journal (AWEJ), 10(4), 344-355.

Paper: Alharbi, A. O. (2020). Exploring CLT Principles Alignment of English Textbook in Saudi Arabia Middle School: Arab World English Journal (AWEJ), (under review)



Paper: Alharbi, A. (2019a, 16-17/9/2019). An Analysis of an ESL Textbook in a Saudi Arabian Middle School Context
Presented at: The International Conference on Advanced Education Systems and Designing Instructions, Zurich, Switzerland
Paper: Alharbi, A. (2019b, 01-03/07/2019). Implementation of Communicative Language Teaching and the challenges this faces in the pedagogic culture of Saudi Arabian schools
Presented at: The 11th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Palma, Spain
Paper: Alharbi, A. (2019c, 11-13/11/2019). The Pedagogic Nexus of Saudi Arabian Schools and Communicative Language Teaching
Presented at: The 12th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain


Employer: University of Business and Technology
Position: English Language Instructor
Dates: 09/2014 to 09/2015

Employer: Buraydah Colleges
Position: Lecturer
Dates: 09/2015 to 01/2018