Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number1 March 2020                                                    Pp.124-137

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The Challenges and Prospects of Using E-learning among EFL Students in Bisha


  Mohammed Mohammed Nasser Hassan Ja’ashan
   English Department, College of Arts, Bisha
University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia




This study attempts to find out the challenges students’ face in learning English as a foreign language when using E-learning system at University of Bisha. It also investigates whether using E-learning is beneficial to EFL students in their learning English to the degree anticipated. There are many challenges face both teachers and students during use E-learning. These challenges include academic, technological; and administrative challenges. The study sample included 36 teaching staff and 261 EFL students at University of Bisha – English department. To collect data required, the researcher developed questionnaires that consist of three domains for both teaching staff and students separately. The study results show that there are no significant differences between EFL students (males and females) of E-learning activities. Therefore, it argued that all domains of teaching staff and students’ challenges could not predict academic achievement. The findings reveal that some factors such as academic, administrative, and technical challenges regarding E-learning were the main challenges of E-learning at University of Bisha. The results also show that students aware of the benefits of using E-learning. They perceive themselves as having a highly positive attitude towards E-learning in English. However, the main advantage can be used anywhere, anytime, and the E-learning system can adapt to the aims of improving communication and enriching students’ learning experiences.
Keywords: Challenges, E-learning, English as Foreign Language, Information & Communication Technology, and Prospects 

Cite as:  Ja’ashan, M.M.N. H. (2020).  The Challenges and Prospects of Using E-learning among EFL Students in Bisha University. Arab World English Journal, 11 (1) 124-137.


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He is currently an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the department of English, Faculty
of Arts, University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia since 2012/2013. In October 2010, he got a Ph.D. degree
from Pune University. He previously worked in Amran University, Yemen for one year. His areas
of interest include E-learning, Language & Education, Teaching & learning, curriculum
development, and collaborative learning. He has participated in many international conferences.