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ERIC Number: ED571592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Exploring How Digital Media Technology Can Foster Saudi EFL Students' English Language Learning
Altawil, Abdulmohsin
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Conferences on Internet Technologies & Society (ITS), Education Technologies (ICEduTECH), and Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE) (Melbourne, Australia, Dec 6-8, 2016)
Digital media technology has become an integral part of daily life for almost all young students, and for the majority of Saudi EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. Digital media technology may not be limited to one or two kinds; it has various types such as software and programs, devices, application, websites, social media tools, etc. In addition, Saudi Arabia has a substantial young population who are becoming more digital-savvy and increasingly connected through digital media technology, which may include social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, and websites such as Google Translate, just to mention a few. Recently, it has been widely seen that digital media technology has greatly influenced education practices in many countries, especially in economically advanced economies. Due to the novelty of digital media learning, there is a pressing need to consider the integration of digital media technology to enhance contextual and collaborative language learning practice outside of the school, and to capitalise on out-of-class language learning opportunities. The purpose of this study is to explore the extent to which digital media technology can enhance intentional language learning outside of the school. To accomplish the research aims, a mixed-method study will be conducted to achieve its goals. Quantitative research tools (a questionnaire) will be utilised to collect the data. This questionnaire will be designed electronically through Survey Monkey. It will be distributed to Year 12 Saudi male students in 20 high schools in two different areas, metropolitan and rural. The aim of choosing these two areas is to be an attempt to also explore whether digital media technology may influence intentional language learning amongst students living in different areas. On the other hand, qualitative data will be obtained from focus-group interviews with those students. Four focus-group interviews will be organised after administrating the questionnaire. Moreover, online weekly journals will be employed to triangulate the data. [For full proceedings, see ED571459.]
International Association for the Development of the Information Society. e-mail: secretariat@iadis.org; Web site: http://www.iadisportal.org
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia