Examining the Integration of 21st Century Skills in EFL Instruction: A Case Study of Selected Saudi Universities

  •  Anas Almuhammadi    


In an era characterized by rapid technological advancements and societal transformations, the importance of 21st-century skills in education cannot be overstated. Teachers play a pivotal role not only in imparting knowledge within the confines of the classroom but also in shaping the lives of individuals within their communities. This study investigates the acquisition of 21st-century skills among English teachers in Saudi Arabian universities, recognizing the significance of these skills in preparing educators for the evolving demands of modern society. A total of 150 respondents from five universities across Saudi Arabia participated in the survey, providing insights into their proficiency in various 21st-century skills. The results reveal that participants demonstrate that they have acquired a comparatively high level in social skills, leadership, communication, and aspects of creativity. However, skills such as digital literacy, collaboration, and critical thinking exhibit only a moderate level of acquisition among participants. Despite the overall positive indication of 21st-century skill adoption in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instruction, there remains room for improvement. The findings suggest that while Saudi Arabian English teachers have begun integrating 21st-century skills into their teaching practices, further efforts are required to fully harness the potential of these skills. Addressing this gap may necessitate additional training opportunities and the development of English language curricula that explicitly incorporate and prioritize 21st-century skill development.

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