Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 15. Number 1, March 2024                                Pp.368-383

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Field Experts’ Evaluation of a Web-based Academic Vocabulary Learning Resource for
ESL Pre-university Learners

Farah Amirah Mohd Fisal
Faculty of Education
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia
Corresponding Author:

Azlina Abdul Aziz
Faculty of Education,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia

Nur Ehsan Mohd Said
Faculty of Education
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia


Received:09/15/2023         Accepted:03/14/2024                 Published: 03/20/2024


Evaluating web-based learning resources during the development process before implementation with target learners is essential to ensure their efficacy. This study examines field experts’ perceptions of a web-based academic vocabulary learning resource developed by the authors for ESL pre-university learners. The main aim is to evaluate the resource’s technical, design, content, and pedagogy aspects, following Kartal and Uzun’s (2010) criteria for good language learning websites. A questionnaire survey was distributed to six field experts from various Malaysian tertiary education institutions specializing in vocabulary learning and e-learning. The quantitative data collected were analyzed descriptively using SPSS. The results indicate that the experts highly evaluated the web resource, suggesting it meets the essential criteria for a well-designed English language learning website. With the recommended improvements, the web resource has the potential to enhance academic vocabulary learning for ESL pre-university learners significantly. This study contributes valuable insights for developing and implementing effective web-based learning resources in ESL classrooms.
Keywords: English academic vocabulary, English as Secondary Language learning, web-based learning resource,
website evaluation, pre-university learners

Cite as:  Fisal, F. A. M., Aziz, A. A., & Said, N. E.M. (2024). Field Experts’ Evaluation of a Web-based Academic Vocabulary Learning Resource for ESL Pre-university Learners.  Arab World English Journal, 15(1): 368-383.  DOI:


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Received: 09/15/2023  
Accepted: 03/14/2024 
Published: 03/20/2024  

Farah Amirah Mohd Fisal is a PhD student at the Faculty of Education, UKM. She earned her B.Ed and M.Ed degrees at the University of Malaya (UM) in the field of education (Teaching English as a Second Language).

 Azlina Abdul Aziz is a TESL lecturer at the Faculty of Education, UKM. She has an Ed.D in Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University, U.S.A. Her research interests are in the Teaching and Learning of Literature and Teacher Education in TESL. She is interested in how literary texts and personal narratives may be utilized to help students to examine the social, cultural and political issues in a particular context. Email:

 Nur Ehsan Mohd Said is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, where he has served for 14 years. Ehsan obtained his doctorate in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Sheffield, UK. His main research interest lies in the field of ESL classroom intervention. In addition to teaching differentiation, he is interested in the investigation of language attitude as to how it affects language learning and in critical thinking as to how it can be taught successfully. He has authored and co-authored articles on English language teaching and learning and on English for specific purposes. Email: ORCid ID: