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Mrs Abeer Alharbi BA, MA

Postgraduate Research Student

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I am a PhD candidate in the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton. I have 8 years of EFL teaching experience in the Saudi Higher Education.


Upon obtaining my BA in English and Translation, I started working as an English teacher at a Saudi private secondary school for two years and then worked in public schools for 6 months. Then, I was positioned to teach English in a medical college for 4 years.  Finally, I joined Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia, to work as an EFL teacher assistant in English Department at the college of education. Then, after I have obtained my MA in Applied Linguistic, I was assigned as English Lecturer in the same department. Beside teaching, I have had different administrative responsibilities within the University. Currently, I am undertaking my PhD in the field of EFL teacher education.

Research interests

My research interests include; Teacher education, teachers autonomy, classroom interaction, and CALL in learning and teaching.

PhD supervisor: Dr. Adriana Patino

PhD working title: The reflective journey of Saudi EFL pre-service teachers; three reflective modes

This study focuses on reflection in EFL teacher education at pre-service level. It aims to offer a comprehensive understanding of the reflective production of PSTs upon their teaching during practicum. Hence, this study is designed to gain an in-depth analysis of the content (concerns) of PSTs’ reflections and the quality (levels) of PSTs reflective thinking via three different modes; Self-reflection through reflective journals, Individual reflective dialogue with a mentor, and group reflective dialogue with peers.

It is hopefully that the findings of this study will create a bridge into the world of prospective teachers, helping them understand their feelings, concerns, and dilemmas during their practicum. In addition, it will provide practical inputs to local practice for improving language teacher preparation as well as other similar EFL situations. It will allow educators, instructors and curriculum designers in language teacher education to design more suitable and effective programs that will assist pre-service teachers to become reflective practitioners.



Affiliate research group

EuroCALL teacher Education SIG

I have been teaching EFL in the Saudi context at secondary schools (2 years) and at higher education (8 years). Recently, I am a Seminar leader for a postgraduate course (LING6017) at University of Southampton. 

Mrs Abeer Alharbi
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