Arab World English Journal (April 2018) Theses ID 181 Pp. 1-115
Author: Asmaa Ahmad Mohammad Al.kandari
Thesis Title: The Impact of Digital tools on Motivating young Arab EFL Learners to Improve Their Speaking Skills
Subject/major: Applied Linguistics
Institution: School of Education, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, University of Leeds
Degree: MA TESOL
Year of award: 2017
Supervisor: Dr. Martin Lamp
Keywords: Arab EFL learners, digital tools, English proficiency, Kuwait, motivation, speaking skill, TELL
Kuwait has a very low rate of English proficiency and ranks 65 out of 70 in the global English foreign language proficiency index for schools. A number of factors account for this including the amount of time allocated to spoken English in the curriculum and the lack of students’ interest and subject confidence by the time they reach Grade 5. This study uses the Research Onion methodology to explore the potential for using digital tools (Apps and tablets) to increase the motivation and engagement of 5th grade young Arab EFL learners in Kuwait, improve their levels of spoken English and expand their learning space beyond the classroom into the home and everyday activities. It adopts the mixed methods approach and uses sample groups of students, parents and teachers from one school in Kuwait, including an online quantitative survey and semi-structured qualitative oral interviews, to gain insights into the topic. The results showed that the digital tools can have a positive impact on EFL learners speaking proficiency, and the increase of their sense of motivation to communicate but the newness of the idea in the Kuwaiti context raises questions for some parents and teachers in relation to their expectations based on the traditional teaching methods and curriculum.
Al.kandari, A. A. M. (2017). The Impact of Digital tools on Motivating young Arab EFL Learners to Improve Their Speaking Skills. School of Education, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, University of Leeds (Master’s Thesis). Retrieved from (Arab World English Journal Database. (ID Number: 181, April, 2018).