Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.8 Number 3 September, 2017                                           Pp.  106-118
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no3.8

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Students’ Attitudes towards Cambridge Unlock Workbook: English Intermediate I Level at Birzeit University

Andira A. Abdallah
Department of Languages and Translation
Birzeit University, Palestine

Nariman M. Morrar
Department of Languages and Translation
Birzeit University, Palestine

 

 

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the attitudes of English Intermediate I students at Birzeit University (BZU) towards Cambridge Unlock online homework. It also aims at evaluating the effectiveness of the online activities, from the students’ perspective, in regard to their in-class language learning skills; reading, writing, listening, speaking, and vocabulary building. The sample for this study is 200 undergraduate students at BZU who were placed at English Intermediate I level. A questionnaire was given to the students during the second month of their second semester. The overall results of the students’ responses showed inconclusive attitude towards online homework. Only 22.5% of the students thought it was more helpful than traditional homework. While an average of 66% of students’ responses showed that the online homework was beneficial to their in-class language skills activities; reading, vocabulary, and listening; an average of 48% only stated that it was effective in improving their writing skills. In addition, the written comments on the online program provided by a total of 141 students showed a negative attitude towards the online homework program with only 20% who stated that it was beneficial to their language learning.
Key words: attitudes, Cambridge Learning Management System, Cambridge Unlock online workbooks, language learning, online homework

Cite as: Abdallah,  A. A., & Morrar, N. M.  (2017). Students’ Attitudes towards Cambridge Unlock Workbook: English Intermediate I Level at Birzeit University. Arab World English Journal, 8 (3).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol8no3.8

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Andira Abdallah is an EFL instructor at the Department of Languages and Translation at Birzeit
University. She worked at Palm Beach State College in Florida and several educational institutions
in the United States of America before joining Birzeit University. She is interested in creative and
academic writing.