Are They Learning Language through Social Media Interaction? Exploring EFL Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of the Usefulness of Social Media in Enhancing their Language Skills (Published)
This paper highlights the role of social media in learning English as a foreign language (EFL) among Kuwaiti pre-service EFL teachers. The participants involved in the study are female undergraduate students majoring English language at the College of Basic Education (CBE) in Kuwait. The data is collected via a questionnaire designed to explore the usefulness of social media in developing language skills, as perceived by pre-service teachers. The findings demonstrate that social media plays a significant role in learning English, revealing that the participants use social media to enhance their vocabulary development, reading, and listening skills, which consequently improves their English language ability. Their writing and communication skills are also moderately developed. This paper therefore argues that interacting via social media is extremely beneficial for learning languages, although both teachers and students require guidance concerning its use.
Use of Multimedia technologies in teaching English language is one of the best recent and technological approaches in language learning, especially to inculcate and strengthen the opportunities to achieve objectives of language pedagogy. In the present times, many academicians and professionals get to know the significance of using various technological devices in the procedure of language teaching and learning equally. The new approaches have made language learning more productive, effective, and communicative. So therefore, in the study, definitions of some important terms that related to innovation such as Multimedia, ICT are given. Further, some exploration of the possibilities to use Multimedia applications for effective learning of English is to be attempted. Moreover this study will interpret the learners’ attitudes towards the use of Multimedia technologies for learning English. Finally the conclusion is drawn as per the survey results indicated.
Web-Based Instruction (WBI) For Developing EFL Students’ Reading and Writing Skills and Promoting Cultural Awareness (Published)
Higher education institutions have experienced a huge dramatic shift in instructions and course delivery methods due to swift in technological advancements. Technology-enhanced instruction has become one of the most striking issues persistently debated. The question of ‘how’ still remains controversial. However, tremendous researches have been conducted proposing practical considerations and framework. Hence, the present study is an attempt to contribute to reveal the myth of ‘how’ web-based tools and resources could successfully and efficiently foster students reading and writing skills and cultural awareness. Following the imperial research patterns, two discrete sets of instructions were employed among EFL students’ at university level. The statistical analysis of the results obtained from the tests conducted and disclosed the reality that EFL students’ Reading and Writing Skills remarkably improved in Web-based Instruction environment. The study identifies a number of issues in the favour of Web-based teaching and learning. Derived from the findings, it’s strongly recommended that Web-based Instruction could play vital role in fostering EFL students’ creativity, efficiency and productivity.
This paper has focused on the three crucial issues of teaching literature among the undergraduate students of Saudi Arabia. First it has explored the selection criteria of the literary texts: which texts are the best at tapping the motivations of the students. This selection is important to create “a highly motivating, amusing and lively lesson” (Hismanoglu, 2005, p. 65). Secondly along with eliciting contexts from the students, the study has reviewed the appropriateness of the major academically established contexts (for example, historical, formal, reader response, postcolonial etc.). It has emphasized that choosing the appropriate context for analysis is vital to avoid Saudi students’ alienation with the “methods and styles which are unorthodox and incomprehensible, when compared to their upbringing” (Springsteen, 2014, p. 11). Since the class room activities are often found “different, sometimes challenging, and often marginalizing” (Shaw, 2009, p. 225), the article has identified some relevant and effective motivational strategies that work in consonance with the students
Drawing on their long experience of teaching English as a foreign language in Kuwait, the researchers propose a course designed to meets the needs of Kuwaiti students seeking to pursue their higher studies in a university in one of the English speaking countries, particularly the UK or the USA. The need for this course stems from the fact that students who go abroad to pursue their higher studies struggle a lot, not only with the authentic language that they encounter for the first time, but also with the culture. So the content of the course is based on teaching the language within its cultural context. This paper gives details of this course in terms of goals, objectives, content, the stages of the learning experience and ways of implementation.