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Volume 12 : 6 June 2012
ISSN 1930-2940

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An Exploratory Study on the Use of Computers for English Language Learning Purposes among English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Students in Al-Albyet University in Jordan

Aabdalla Nahar Alharafsheh, Ph.D. Candidate
Ambigapathy Pandian, Ph.D.


Computer Assisted Language Learning and Internet have been proven as useful tools when being used in the classroom for English language learning purposes. This study aimed at exploring the use of computer (skills and internet) for English language learning purposes among Jordanian EFL students. The data collection in the study was based on a questionnaire given to 171 EFL students in the department of Instruction and Curriculum and English in Al-AlBeyet University in Jordan. The results of this study revealed a high usage of word processor, power point and presentations software among Jordanian EFL students in their lessons. The study has also shown a high usage of net to search information, online entertainments and news accounts from foreign sources. Finally, the current study found that there were some factors influencing students’ use of computer for English learning purposes such as the lack of appropriate software and the lack of time. Accordingly, a few recommendations were given for further research.

Keywords: ICT, Internet, applications software, EFL

1. Introduction

In the second half of the 20th century, education technology was regarded as one of the most developed fields all over the world. Computers which have been used at schools in 1950s are continuously being developed in the world’s advanced countries. Nowadays, computers have become more powerful, easier to use, faster, cheaper and they can store and process more data as well. Due to the rapid development of computers, some programs such as hard disks, CD-ROMs, laser disks and printers have developed and become effective in the learning process by displaying pictures and playing sound along with characters (Gunduz, 2005: 2). The use of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) plays an important role in language learning process and this is due to the potentials which CALL offers such as motivating students and encouraging them to achieve positive outcomes, greater interaction and global understanding of various issues (Kuang,2000). As a result of computer development, many types of software have been developed to enable students to learn better and faster. This software definitely facilitates teaching and learning because language teachers can incorporate the materials in their teaching (Abdul samat & Zakaria, 2003: 253).

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Aabdalla Nahar Alharafsheh, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of English Language
School of languages, Literacies and Translation
University Science Malaysia (USM)

Ambigapathy Pandian, Ph.D.
Dean of School of Languages, Literacies and Translation
University Science Malaysia (USM)

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