Investigating the effects of the flipped classroom model on Omani EFL learners’ motivation level in English speaking performance

  • Mohamad Yahya AbdullahEmail author
  • Supyan Hussin
  • Kemboja Ismail


In Oman, a noteworthy move has been made towards student-centered instructional design especially in higher education facilitated by emerging technology. The current study aims to examine the effect of implementing the Flipped Classroom Model (FCM) on the motivation level of Omani EFL (English as a Foreign Language) learners to speak English. A mixed methods approach was used in this quasi experimental study. In the quantitative dimension, a Motivation in English Speaking Performance Questionnaire (MESPQ) was distributed in three phases: before, during, and after the application of FCM over a period of 15 weeks. Furthermore, in the qualitative dimension, reflective journal forms were collected to obtain more in-depth information. The sample group studied comprised 27 students majoring in English in the Advanced Communication Skills course at Buraimi University College (BUC). The findings showed that using FCM as a teaching approach helped to develop a creative, engaging, and motivating climate in the EFL speaking class. Significant differences (p < 0.001) in students’ motivation levels before and during the implementation of FCM indicated that FCM contributed significantly to increasing students’ motivation in English speaking performance over time. Besides, the Omani EFL students showed significantly greater inclination to be involved in the speaking activities over time, including their interest in applying FCM in all taught courses. Further studies on FCM could focus specifically on its effect on learners’ achievement.


Motivation Flipped classroom model English speaking performance Omani EFL learners 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamad Yahya Abdullah
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Supyan Hussin
    • 1
  • Kemboja Ismail
    • 1
  1. 1.Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaBangiMalaysia
  2. 2.Buraimi Univeristy CollegeAl BuraimiSultanate of Oman

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