Current Availability and Use of ICT Among Secondary EFL Teachers in Saudi Arabia: Possibilities and Reality

ID: 30023 Type: Full Paper
  1. Yousif Alshumaim and Riyadh Alhassan, King Saud University - College of Education - Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, May 18 10:00-10:20 AM Location: Butterworth 1

Presider: David Ross, University Of Southern Queensland &HELP Malaysia, Australia

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the current availability of ICT facilities to teachers of English as a foreign language. A questionnaire was administered in order to ascertain the differences between teachers in their report of available ICT resources and their use of such resources. Findings indicate the most frequently utilized resources included the use of the internet to review updates in teaching English. However, teachers reported feeling as if they did not have adequate experience in using the computer and did not feel the education directorate provides adequate support, equipment, and learning opportunities for English language teachers in ICT. Factors found to have an impact on whether or not computers are being integrated into classroom instruction include the use of a home PC, access to computer labs in school, and computer training. In conclusion, the study suggests greater availability of new teaching technologies, such as computer labs and training programs, will better ensure the integration of ICT resources into the lesson plans of EFL teachers


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