Appendix A

Interview Questions

  1. When did you start learning English in Saudi Arabia?
  2. When learning English, did your teachers use English or Arabic to explain the lessons most of the time? Do you know why that was done? Did you mainly communicate with your English teacher in English or Arabic?
  3. What was your motivation to study English?
  4. How much was grammar emphasized in your English classes? What about conversation?
  5. What opportunities did you have to speak English outside of your English classes? When you’re outside of classes now, how much English do you speak?
  6. Have your study methods changed since you began classes at (this university)? If so, how have they changed?
  7. Are any of your studies here harder than you thought they would be? If so, please tell me about it.
  8. Are any of your studies here easier than you thought they would be? If so, please tell me about it.
  9. Please tell me what study methods you use in your classes now.
  10. Are you comfortable asking questions in class?
  11. Are you comfortable asking questions of the instructor after class?
  12. Did you learn how to write a paragraph or an essay in a systematic way in Arabic?
  13. Do you have to give any presentations in class this semester? If so, how many? How do you feel about making a presentation in class?
  14. What do you think helps you most to succeed in your courses at (this university)?
  15. What has been the biggest problem for you in studying here?
  16. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem most international students have in studying here?
  17. Can you think of something (this university) needs that would help international students be more successful in their studies here?
  18. What advice would you give to another international student who is coming to study at (this university)?
  19. What advice would you give to the teachers here at (this university)?
  20. Do you have any other comments to make about your learning or studying experiences here at (this university)?