Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 8. Number.1 March 2017                    Pp. 108-129
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no1.9

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Effect of Technology Enhanced Language Learning on EFL Reading Comprehension at Tertiary Level

Imtiaz Hassan Taj
English Language Instructor, University of Jeddah,
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 Fatimah Ali
Center for Modern Languages and Human Sciences,
Universiti Malaysia Pahang,
Lebuhraya TunRazak, Pahang ,Malaysia

Muhammad Aslam Sipra
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 Waqar Ahmad
English Language Instructor, University of Jeddah,
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 

Abstract:
The study investigated the impact of the affordance of computer assisted language learning (CALL) and mobile assisted language learning (MALL) on EFL reading comprehension at tertiary level. Pre-formed intact groups were used to conduct this quasi-experimental study. It used a pretest and post-test control group design. The participants were 122 first year university students. Computer-based reading comprehension exercises were used as intervention that   lasted   for   six   weeks.   Vocabulary   was   pre-taught   through   WhatsApp. Post-test results of the reading comprehension achievement test revealed that   the treatment group outperformed their counterparts in the control group. The results indicate the significance of technology incorporation in language learning process. The study shows the effective use of technology in   EFL reading   instruction.   It   works best   when   integrated   in   the   instructional scheme. Results of the study also suggest that freely available technological resources can be used to create a conducive reading environment. The study needs to be replicated with bigger sample and longer period of intervention for more accurate results.
Keywords: Computer-based instructional materials, EFL reading comprehension, Hot Potatoes, Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL), WhatsApp

Cite as: Taj, I. H. Ali, F. Sipra, M. A. Ahmad, W. (2017). Effect of Technology Enhanced Language Learning on EFL Reading at Tertiary Level.
Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no1.9

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Imtiaz Hassan Taj is an English language instructor at University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He
holds MA English Language and Literature degree from University of the Punjab, Pakistan. He
has been teaching English for more than 25 years. His research interests are technology enhanced
language learning, second language acquisition, mobile assisted language learning and EFL
teaching methods.