Exploring the Effects of Dynamic Assessment on Improving Iranian Quran Learners’ Recitation Performance

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Teaching English and Linguistics Department, University of Ayatollah Burojerdi, Burojerd, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (TEFL), Department of General Courses, Ahavaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Quranic and Hadith Sciences, University of Ayatollah Burojerdi, Burojerd, Iran



Although Dynamic Assessment (DA), rooted in Vygotsky’s (1978) Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) notion, has been extensively researched in teaching English as a foreign language, it has remained largely unexplored in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. To bridge this long-lasting gap, this study purports to investigate the effects of DA on improving Iranian Quran learners’ recitation performance. For this purpose, two intact grade 7 classes were selected at a public high school in Borujerd city, Iran, and were assigned randomly as DA group (n=21) and non-DA group (n=23). Later, they went through a pre-test, intervention (offered based on the principles and procedures of DA for the DA group and held in 15 sessions), immediate post-test, and delayed post-test. The collected data were analyzed through a one-way ANCOVA. Findings documented that the DA group outperformed the non-DA group on the immediate post-test. Additionally, the results evidenced that the DA group outweighed the control group on the delayed post-test. The study ends with proposing some implications in consistent with the tenets of Sociocultural theory.


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Volume 5, Issue 1 - Serial Number 9
January 2023
Pages 159-176
  • Receive Date: 14 December 2021
  • Revise Date: 08 March 2022
  • Accept Date: 25 August 2022
  • First Publish Date: 04 January 2023