Using Open-Ended Story Technique in Improving Saudi University Students’ Short Story Writing Skills

Hashem A. Al samadani, Salem S. Ibnian


This study aimed at examining the impact of using the open-ended story technique on improving Saudi university students’ short story writing skills in English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The study addressed the following questions: (1) What are the short story writing skills that university students need in EFL? and (2) What is the impact of using the open-ended story technique on improving Saudi university students’ short story writing skills in EFL? The researchers developed a pre-post short story writing test to measure performance of the study’s sample, which consisted of 56 English major students, and reveal effectiveness of the open-ended story technique in improving the learners short story writing skills. Findings of the study showed a positive impact for the open-ended story technique on performance of the experiment group on the post short story writing test.



Open-ended story technique, EFL, short story writing, Saudi students

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