Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 9. July 2023                     Pp. 29- 48

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Padlet Mobile Training Model for Novice Omani EFL In-service Teachers

 Siham Al Aamri
Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman

Cécile Gabarre
Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman
Corresponding Author:

Serge Gabarre
Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman

Salwa Al Anqoudi
Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman


Received: 04/11/2023                Accepted: 06/20/2023                Published:07/24/2023

In Oman, novice in-service primary English teachers struggle with the theoretical content of professional training programs, which impedes knowledge acquisition and transfer into teaching practices. This research stems from the benefits of continuous professional development, communities of practice, and practical and reflective learning on teachers’ exposure to teaching methods resulting in improved teaching skills and techniques. Considering the affordances of mobile learning, Padlet training was designed as an alternative to face-to-face programs during the Covid-19 pandemic to support in-service primary teachers with online synchronous teaching. The objectives were to improve participation, content acquisition, and knowledge transfer into teaching practices. Six novice Omani in-service English primary teachers participated in training for seven months. The data from semi-structured interviews, observations, interactions, peer feedback, and teaching e-portfolios were analysed with a systematic grounded theory three-step coding, which were performed until model emergence and saturation. The findings confirmed the contributions of the Padlet training to the enhancement of content acquisition and transfer due to ubiquitous access, simplified multimedia content, hands-on practice, instructor-peer feedback, and digital self-reflective e-portfolios. The teachers were enthusiastic about the program, which led to a virtual circle. Participants viewed Padlet as an engaging platform to host a community, access, create, and share content. Ubiquitous access and support within a peer community resulted in regular attendance, engaged participation, and increased confidence, which led to improved content acquisition and content transfer. The resulting Padlet training model presented in this article could be replicated to design mobile professional development training programs in similar contexts.
Keywords: Communities of practice, educational technology, English teacher education, Novice Omani EFL
in-service teachers, Padlet mobile training model, Professional development, reflective practices, Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages

Cite as: Al Aamri, S., Gabarre, C., Gabarre, S., & Al Anqoudi ,S. (2023).  Padlet Mobile Training Model for Novice Omani EFL In-service Teachers  Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (9) 29- 48.


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Received: 04/11/2023 
Accepted: 06/20/2023 
Published: 07/24/2023  

Siham ALAamri is a Senior English Teacher in Oman. Siham has a Master’s Degree in TESOL from the University of Nizwa. Her fields of interest are interactive teaching, EFL teacher training, educational technology, and qualitative research. 

Dr. Cécile Gabarre is an Associate Professor at the University of Nizwa. Her scholarly interests include educational technology, teacher professional development, mobile learning, digital learning environments, and qualitative research. Cécile regularly conducts workshops on CALL, qualitative research, and foreign language European certifications in language assessment.

 Dr. Serge Gabarre is an Associate Professor at the University of Nizwa. His scholarly interests include research methodology in foreign language teaching, mobile learning, and social networking learning. Serge regularly conducts workshops on computer-assisted language learning and qualitative research design.

 Salwa Al Anqoudi is a TESOL instructor at the University of Nizwa. Salwa has a Master’s Degree in TESOL. Her research interests include e-learning, CALL, language acquisition, motivation, and social networking.