Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 4 December 2023                    Pp.197-212
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol14no4.12

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Students’ Perceptions of The Use of ICT Tools in Language Preparatory School

 Turgay Kucuk
English Language Teaching Department
Tishk International University, Erbil-KRI, Iraq
Email: turgay.kucuk@tiu.edu.iq

 

Received:07/26/2023        Accepted:10/21/2023                   Published: 12/15/2023

  

Abstract:
This article examines the role, advantages, and obstacles associated with the utilization of Information and Communication Technology tools in the context of language learning and teaching. The primary objective of this study is to explore the advantages of technology tools throughout various domains of life, particularly in the context of education, encompassing students, instructors, and parents. Additionally, this study aims to investigate both the detriments and advantages associated with using these tools. This study utilized a Likert-scale questionnaire administered through Google Forms to gather student perspectives. Additionally, face-to-face interviews were done with a sample size of 31 students. Upon analysis of the findings, it was discovered that the students had a predominantly favorable disposition towards these instruments. They stated that these tools contributed to their language learning and improved language skills. According to the findings of the study, the mobile phone emerged as the predominant instrument among students, with a utilization rate of 84%. Furthermore, certain drawbacks have been identified through empirical investigations, in addition to the mentioned advantages. Recent findings indicate that the utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools in educational settings has been associated with many negative consequences. These include the potential for distraction among students, their increased isolation, and the exacerbation of existing disparities among students from diverse economic backgrounds. The prevailing consensus derived from extensive study suggests that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools possess a greater number of benefits in the realm of language learning and instruction, as opposed to drawbacks.
Keywords: Advantages of ICT, ICT in English classes, students’ perceptions

Cite as: Kucuk, T. (2023). Students’ Perceptions of The Use of ICT Tools in Language Preparatory School. Arab
World English Journal, 14
(4). 197-212.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol14no4.12

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Received: 07/26/2023 
Accepted: 10/21/2023 
Published: 12/15/2023 
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2602-6754
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol14no4.12  

Turgay Kucuk is an instructor at TISHK International University in Erbil, Iraq. He currently works as the representative of the dean of students and vice director of TIU Language Preparatory School. He is an enthusiastic writer on various topics, such as body language, writing anxiety, and technology-integrated teaching. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2602-6754