Student and teacher attitudes towards the use of language learning technology (LLT) in a tertiary English course in Oman

Ambu-Saidi, Sumaya Sulaiman Khalfan (2010). Student and teacher attitudes towards the use of language learning technology (LLT) in a tertiary English course in Oman M.A. Thesis, School of Languages and Comp Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Ambu-Saidi, Sumaya Sulaiman Khalfan
Thesis Title Student and teacher attitudes towards the use of language learning technology (LLT) in a tertiary English course in Oman
School, Centre or Institute School of Languages and Comp Cultural Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Supervisor Harrington, Michael
Total pages 68
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subjects L
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Abstract/Summary The current study explores student and teacher perceptions of and attitudes towards the use of language learning technology (LLT) in an academic English course in an Omani College of Applied Sciences. Previous research in the area has focused solely on teacher perceptions, and the current study will examine student perceptions along with those of their teachers. Quantitative and qualitative data concerning LLT use were collected in a one-semester course that met for 6 hours per week. A survey was given to students (n=61) while semi-structured interviews were conducted with the teachers (n=8). The survey consisted of 28 items that elicited judgements about LLT use across a range of categories, including its effect on macro and micro language skills, motivation, communication with teachers and peers, online submission and feedback, participation, and student computer skills. Student survey responses were compared with the views expressed in the teacher interviews to identify areas of convergence and divergence in the perceptions and attitudes of the respective groups. The findings revealed that students felt that LLT helps them make progress in different language skills and provides them with access to a variety of learning materials. Teachers and students also reported that the use of these resources increases student motivation and provides a flexible mode for learning in terms of space and time. More generally, the findings indicate that students have embraced LLT as a constructive learning tool. On the other hand, technical problems that occur frequently appear to inhibit using LLT to its fullest potential. Lack of training on basic research skills also prevented students from using internet resources effectively. These findings offer valuable insights into the current status of LLT in Oman and will inform discussions by policy makers, administrators, syllabus designers and instructors about integrating LLT into English language syllabi.
Keyword language learning technology
Tertiary Education
pedagogical practice
learning

 
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