Sumayyah's research focus is teaching culture in EFL textbooks

Sumayyah Alsulami is a language teacher in the English Language Institute at King Abdul Aziz University. Currently, a PhD student in the Global, Urban and Social Studies School at RMIT, Sumayyah’s focus is on English as a foreign language (EFL) in Saudi Arabia, which is still new and evolving.

Recently, many of the university language centres providing intensive and mandatory English courses for preparatory-year students have been working to develop English teaching. These centres emphasise using ‘special edition’ textbooks for teaching Saudi Students. While the government has been working to provide social and economic policies intended to open up and widely communicate with the world, there is also a need to educate Saudi citizens to be aware and understand others in order to promote tolerance and accept others, especially in a conservative culture like Saudi Arabia.

Sumayyah’s study aims to provide insights into the representations of local, target and international cultures in EFL in Saudi ‘special edition’ textbooks used at the tertiary level, and to understand and explain to what extent these textbooks promote national identity and intercultural awareness.

Research Interests:

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Intercultural Language Teaching


  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, La Trobe University, 2012
  • BA in English Language, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, 2010
  • online courses in: ‘Leadership and Communication’, ‘Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Leadership and Project Management’, 2018


Alsulami, S. (2016). Toward a Constructivist Approach in Saudi Education. English Language Teaching, 9(12), 104-108
Alsulami, S. (2016). Testing the Noticing Function of the Output Hypothesis. English Language Teaching, 9(2), 136-141
Alsulami, S. The Effectiveness of Social Distance on Requests (September 5, 2015). Arab World English Journal (AWEJ), Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 382-395, September 2015

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