AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 7, Number 4. October 2023 Pp.144-156

Adopting Religious Course’s Translation in Colleges and Universities as an Essential part of English as a Foreign Language Syllabus for Enhancing English Language Learning

Entesar Alsir Abualgasim Mohamed

English Department, College of Science & Arts
King Khalid University, ALmajardah, Saudi Arabia


This study aimed to reveal the role of religious course translation in assisting students to gain professionality in producing well-formed syntactically, terminologically, and semantically English texts. Also, the paper is concerned with reflecting on the importance of including this course as a crucial part of English as a Foreign language syllabus in universities and colleges, explicitly rendering the Holy Quran, Hadiths of the prophet, and general religious texts. The study claimed that religious course translation is an effective tool and approach that helps L2 learners acquire English as a Foreign Language EFL/ESL. The researcher adopted quantitative and qualitative approaches for collecting and analyzing the data. For gathering the data, a questionnaire was conducted among undergraduate EFL/ESL students of level 8 at King Khalid University, Almajardah campus, during the academic year 2023-2024 (1444-1445H). Sixty-two students who studied Religious Course Translation (Eng3-330) in the first and second semesters participated in the study. The majority of the students show positive attitudes toward the effectiveness and appropriateness of the religious course translation as an essential method that helps them to understand some aspects of English as a foreign language, such as correct word order, sentences’ structures, new items of vocabulary, cultural issues, besides the style and genre, all of the mentioned essences helping them in improving their four language skills particularly, their communicative skills. Additionally, the findings confirm the significant role of this course in developing and promoting the students’ overall English language learning, resulting in acquiring English as a Forging Language EL/ESL. The findings of this study will be beneficial for instructors who teach English as a second language and for the syllabi designers.

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Mohamed, E. A. A. (2023). Adopting Religious Course’s Translation in Colleges and Universities as an Essential part of English as a Foreign Language Syllabus for Enhancing English Language Learning. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 7 (4): 144-156.


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Dr. Entesar Alsir Abualgasim Mohamed is Ph D., an assistant professor of Applied Linguistics in the English Language Department. College of Science &Arts, Al-Majadah Campus. King Khalid University. Saudi Arabia. She has a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language CEFL, University of Khartoum. She has taught linguistics /applied linguistics and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in different universities/ institutions for 17 years. She has published many research papers in professional refereed journals. Dr. Entesar  A. Mohamed is a member of ELDA/ELTA (English Language Development Association). She is currently the Head of English Language Department at the Al-Majadah Campus. ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0009-0002-3125-812X