Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL No.2 July,                          Pp.81 – 90

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 The Availability and Use of Technology and Learning Resources in Translation Programmes  

Basmah Ali Abu-ghararah
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

 

 

Abstract:
The purpose of the current descriptive analytic study was to explore the availability and use of technology and learning resources in translation programmes at Saudi universities. The sample of the current study was comprised of 200 translation students selected randomly from Saudi universities. The two research instruments for data collection both consisted of a 3-point Likert scale. Data were analyzed quantitatively and the results revealed that most participating students perceived a lack of translation labs, machine translation, translation software, printed media, audio and visual materials in universities. In addition, the findings showed a deficit in the utilization and adaption of technology and learning resources in translation programmes. This study suggests that Saudi universities not only need to acquire technologies and learning resources, but should also recruit motivating instructors who can use these tools in translation instruction.
Keywords: CALL, learning resources, technology, translation, translation programmes

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Basmah Ali Abu-ghararah is currently PhD candidate at Leeds University researching in the
field of English Language. She obtained a master degree with merit in TESOL studies from
University of Leeds (2011). She has published a research article in a refereed journal. She has
extensive teaching experience in language teaching in Taibah University.