Arab World English Journal (AWEJ).Vol.6 No.1.March 2015 Pp 100- 112
Implementing A Computer Assisted Language Learning Training
Program for English Teachers
Badia Muntazar Hakim
English Language Institute (Women’s Main Campus)
King Abdulazi University – Jeddah – Saudi Arabia
The trend of acquiring English as a Foreign Language (EFL) through Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) has encouraged different educational institutions to develop strategic plans and directions for its onsite implementation and evaluation in order to promote the quality of instruction, enhance student achievement, and better inform and promote society. This paper focuses on the challenge of creating a CALL training program for English faculty members at a major university in Saudi Arabia. The goal of the program was to introduce CALL to English teachers and evaluate its effectiveness on their attitudes towards the integration of technology in their classes. A group of English teachers (n = 30) who were involved in teaching advanced level classes participated in a multiple-phase training program for seven weeks. The analysis of the data from a survey and a semi-structured interview revealed that the participating teachers developed positive beliefs towards the use of CALL in their classes. Although a majority of teachers believed that the skilled use and integration of CALL could lead to more effective language teaching, they reported that lack of appropriate technical, financial, and training supports could be the factors that inhibit the effective implementation of CALL in EFL classes. In the end, several implications of the findings for English language institutes, program administrators, and English teachers at Saudi universities were discussed.
Keywords: CALL, EFL, ELI, teacher training, Saudi Arabia
Cite as: Hakim, B. M. (2015). Implementing A Computer Assisted Language Learning Training
Program for English Teachers. Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).