The effect of learning Based – Blackboard System in improving students’ performance in learning English (Published)
This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of learning Based on the Blackboard System in improving students’ performance in learning English in the department of English at Al- jouf University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A group of 60 female students of the university participated in a quasi-experimental study for approximately eight weeks. The experimental group learned English from the two carefully selected with Blackboard system discussion board and virtual classes, while the control group learned English through activity-based lessons. A pre-test and post-test were conducted in the first and eight weeks. The findings indicate that the experimental group outperformed the control group statistically in the post-test. The students in the experimental group generally preferred learned English supplemented with Blackboard application discussion board and virtual classes to conventional activity- bases lessons. The teachers believed highly of the Blackboard system–based instruction virtual classes and discussion board, but they expressed concern that extra support was required if the virtual classes and discussion board were adopted as a core part of the teaching and learning process.
English Study Process between Taiwanese Arts Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students and Its Relationship with English Achievement: “Context” Matters (Published)
The aim of the study was to investigate the approaches to learning English between Taiwanese arts undergraduate and graduate students and further to examine its relationship with their English language ability. The study tested two hypotheses: that undergraduate students tended to become increasingly surface and decreasingly deep in their approaches to learning English, and that Asian students preferred the surface approach to learning as indicated by numerous studies. A total of 102 participants joined the study, comprising 58 undergraduate and 44 graduate students. An online English proficiency test and a revised two-factor Study Process Questionnaire (R-SPQ-2F) were adopted. The results show that both undergraduate and graduate students applied more strategies within deep approach rather than surface approach when studying English. A significant difference was found in DS (deep strategy) in comparison between undergraduate and graduate students. Also, the higher the score students received in online English proficiency tests, the less they used surface approach. DM (deep motive) and DS were significant predictors on students’ English proficiency levels. The study depicted that the approaches to learning English for Asian students were changing and context did matter in different academic fields.
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.