Investigating digital native female learners’ attitudes towards paperless language learning

Tsoghik Grigoryan

Abstract

This study is an investigation of paperless language learning in the context of the United Arab Emirates. The purpose of this study was to examine Emirati level 1 English language learners’ attitudes towards the iPad use as a means of language learning. It was done through a cross-sectional survey questionnaire, wholly composed of fixed-choice questions, and through weekly reflective journals that were written by the teachers teaching the groups. The survey collected data through a questionnaire from 80 students who had been exposed to paperless language learning for a duration of 80 teaching periods. The data collected showed positive student attitudes towards iPad implementation as a language learning tool in terms of learner satisfaction, motivation, perceived tool usefulness and learning effectiveness. Reflective journal analysis showed that the digital world presents the students with a direct link between the effort taken and the reward received, whereas the feedback or the reward given by the teachers in the traditional classroom was either too nebulous or too slow to motivate students to keep the pace of progressive learning.

Published: 9 February 2018

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2018, 26: 1937 - http://dx.doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v26.1937

Keywords

attitudes; English as a foreign language; iPad; language learning; mobile classroom; paperless

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