Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number3   September 2021                                         Pp.507-523
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Boosted with Online Learning to Improve English Language Teachers’ Proficiency 

Szarmilaa Dewie
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Helmi Norman
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,
Corresponding Author:

Melor Md. Yunus
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


Received:  7/8/2021                Accepted: 8/24/2021               Published: 9/29/2021


Language teaching and learning have been significantly transformed by the advent of online technology. Learning and information-gathering have been dramatically boosted by technology. Owing to online learning, physical geography is no longer a major obstacle. However, there has not been much study to portray online technologies and online learning improving teachers’ proficiency in the English language. With this in mind, the purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which online learning has improved teachers’ language proficiency. About 201 teachers from eight districts in Malaysia were enrolled in an online course. The study was conducted online for three months. Data was collected from an evaluation survey obtained at the end of the period. Responses gathered based on descriptive analysis of the course content, overall experience, and comments derived from the survey was then analyzed from the data. The findings revealed that the teachers are very positive towards the course and found it constructive in enhancing their professional development. The results also indicated that teachers have also improved their language component upon being enrolled in the course.  These documents that all the language skills have been enhanced, and they are very motivated. Therefore, future research should focus on a specific language component in order to gain a deeper insight of continuum from this study.
Keywords: English Language, online learning, learning management system, teachers’ proficiency

Cite as:  Dewie, A., Norman, H. , &Yunus, M.M. (2021). Boosted with Online Learning to Improve English Language
Teachers’ Proficiency .  Arab World English Journal, 12 (3) 507-523.


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Received: 7/8/2021
Accepted: 8/24/2021
Published: 9/29/2021 

Szarmilaa Dewie Krishnan is a teacher trainer at the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC), Ministry of Education Malaysia. She holds a M.Ed (TESL) from the University of Malaya and currently pursuing her PhD in Instructional Technology of Education at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is also the Director of Training Bureau of Malaysian English Language Association (MELTA). ORCid ID:

Assoc. Prof. Ts Dr Muhammad Helmi Norman is currently the Deputy Director of Instructional Technologies of the Center for Teaching and Curriculum Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and currently drives the e-learning transformation in the university. He is also an Associate Professor at the Research Center for Teaching and Learning Innovations, Faculty of Education. His research interests are in the field of digital learning and futuristic education. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Professional Learning Specialist where he is involved in educational transformations at primary, secondary, and higher education levels in promoting 1:1 pedagogical and learning approaches using the Apple ecosystem and is a certified professional technologist of the Malaysian Board of Technologists. ORCid ID:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melor Md Yunus is an Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She is best known for establishing the integration of ICT in teaching and learning English as a Second Language research. She is active in scholarly journal writing and publishing. The recipient of more than 200 innovation awards, she is highly regarded among her peers in her field.  ORCid ID: