Abstract in English:
The present study problem aimed at developing secondary stage students' writing performance through using some metacognitive strategies. A matrix of writing performance skills was developed. A list of the writing performance skills required for the secondary stage students was prepared. A questionnaire was developed so as to define the important topics the students liked to write about. Two tests were prepared to measure writing performance skills (expressive and functional). The suggested program for enhancing the students' writing performance through using some metacognition strategies was designed. Arabic language teachers' manual was developed. The two writing performance tests, as well as writing processes rating rubric, were administered as a pre-application and as a post- application. The statistical treatment was carried out, the findings were interpreted and the recommendations were suggested. The present study revealed that the suggested program was effective in developing the second year secondary stage students' expressive writing, the skills of each one of the three writing processes (planning, writing, revision), the processes and skills of letter writing, the processes and skills of filling-in forms, the processes and skills of summarization, and finally, the students' awareness of the three writing processes. Based on these results, the recommendations were suggested. The following are some of them:
1- Writing skills curriculum should start from the primary stage and continues to the secondary stage.
2- Objective assessment tools should be provided in order to score the students' writings accurately and objectively.
3- Training courses for Arabic language teachers and supervisors should be held to train them on the use of metacognitive strategies in teaching writing performance skills.