Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 7. July 2021                       Pp. 406 -418
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.28

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Using Cloud-Based Tools for English as a Second Language Reading Activities among
Malaysian Polytechnic Students

Noorhafizah Rubaai
Politeknik Merlimau Melaka, Malaysia

Harwati Hashim
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Corresponding Author: harwati@ukm.edu.my

 

Received:  5/4/2021                Accepted: 7/8/2021                 Published: 7/31/2021

Abstract:
Reading is important in helping English as a Second Language learners’ mastery of language. With the emergence of cloud-based tools and the availability of advanced technology, education and language learning process have become much more interesting. However, even with the availability of the Internet and other cloud tools, still the reading frequency rate among students especially in higher learning institution is considered low. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the polytechnic students’ perceptions on the ease of use of using cloud-based tools for ESL reading activities, and the polytechnic students’ perceptions on the usefulness of using cloud-based tools for ESL reading activities. The sample for this study was from semester one students (n=100) of a polytechnic in Malaysia. The questionnaire survey was developed based on Technology Acceptance Model. The findings revealed that the students have positive perceptions towards the use of cloud-based tools for ESL reading activity. The results of the current study are hoped to provide insight and idea for educators in implementing the use of cloud-based tools for ESL reading activity, and the administrators to help providing the best support for the benefits of students as a whole. Significantly, the findings of this study were hoped to redound to the benefit of reading considering that the majority of ESL learners in higher learning institutions especially in Malaysian polytechnics are not a habitual reader.
Keywords: Cloud-based tools, English as a Second Language, Technology Acceptance Model, Reading

Cite as:  Rubaai, N., &   Hashim, H.  (2021). Using Cloud-Based Tools for English as a Second Language Reading Activities among Malaysian Polytechnic Students. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (7).406 -418.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.28

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