Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Communication and Language in Virtual Spaces, January 2023              Pp.324-342

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Integrating Technology in ESL Reading Classroom: Accounting Pupils’ Perspectives 

Jane Anthony Pragasam
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Selangor, Malaysia 

Nur Ainil Sulaiman
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Selangor, Malaysia
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Received:10/04/2022         Accepted:10/25/2022                 Published:01/20/2023


Technology integration in language teaching has become a more prominent option for more effective teaching and learning process. However, few studies have examined the use of technology in reading classrooms, especially in the Malaysian context. This study aims to investigate pupils’ perceptions of technology use in ESL (English as a second language) reading classrooms. In order to fulfill the research objective, the research question, ‘What is the perception of Year 6 primary school pupils on using technology in the reading classroom?’ was formulated to guide the study. The present study investigates the pupils’ perceptions towards the integration of technology in reading classrooms by collecting data from 70 participants of a semi-urban primary school in Pahang using a questionnaire that is adapted from the Technology Acceptance Model model. The findings indicated that pupils have positive perceptions towards the use of technology in reading classrooms in terms of perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, attitude towards the use of technology and behavioural intention of using technology. Significantly, this study’s findings offer teachers and stakeholders with evidence to embrace technology in language teaching. Understanding pupils’ perceptions of technology use in reading in language learning classrooms provide significant information for teachers, school administrators and stakeholders
Keywords: language learning, pupils’ perceptions, reading classroom, technology integration

Cite as: Pragasam, J. A., & Sulaima, N. A. (2023). Integrating Technology in ESL Reading Classroom: Accounting Pupils’ Perspectives. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Communication and Language in Virtual Spaces, January 2023: 324-342.


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Received: 10/04/2022   
Accepted: 10/25/2022
Published: 01/20/2023  

Jane Anthony Pragasam is a postgraduate student at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She is currently in her final year of Masters in Education (TESL).  Her fields of interest are second language acquisition and educational technology. ORCid ID:

Nur Ainil Sulaiman is a lecturer at Centre of Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her areas of interest are second language reading and vocabulary acquisition. ORCid ID: