Arab World English Journal (AWEJ)Special Issue: The Dynamics of EFL in Saudi Arabia, December 2019     Pp. 85-95

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Using Technology towards Promoting Online Instructional Scaffolding: Literature Review


Mona M. Hamad
 English Department, College of Science & Arts
King Khalid University, Muhayil, Saudi Arabia

Amal Abdelsattar Metwally
English Department, Faculty of Languages and Translation
King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia



Technology offers opportunities for teachers to interact with students in a very authentic and compelling way. This review aims at answering the review question: Can technology promote online instructional scaffolding in teaching and learning? To answer this question, the researchers review different studies that investigate the implementation of applications and software in English language teaching and learning. The study highlights methods of using technology to overcome problems of time limitations and other barriers and create more meaningful teaching and learning. Technology makes learning more student-centered through instructional scaffolding, which promotes teaching and learning and enhances student’s interaction skills. Moreover, using technology helps to teach as it has an emotional influence that encourages students to develop their personality and learning skills.
Keywords:  CALL, CMC, learning, instructional, promoting, scaffolding, skills, technology

Cite as:  Hamad, M. M., & Metwally, A. A. (2019). Using Technology towards Promoting Online Instructional Scaffolding: Literature Review. Arab World English Journal, Special Issue: The Dynamics of EFL in Saudi Arabia. 85-95 . DOI:


Mona M. Hamad is a Ph.D. holder in “Curriculum & Teaching Methods of English
Language”. She has been working as Assistant Professor at King Khalid University, Muhayil,
English Department since 2012, She worked as Part-time Assistant Professor for AlZaiemAzhhri University, Sudan, Khartoum from 2010-2012, she also worked as English
language teacher for Secondary level for the Ministry of General Education , Sudan from 1996-
2012 . She published many papers and two books. Dr. Mona M. Hamad is a member of
KSAALT /TESOL (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of English Language Teachers) &
ASTEL (Association of Sudanese Teachers of English Language.