Academic journal article English Language Teaching

Measuring E-Learning Readiness among EFL Teachers in Intermediate Public Schools in Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article English Language Teaching

Measuring E-Learning Readiness among EFL Teachers in Intermediate Public Schools in Saudi Arabia

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Abstract

This studywill determine their readiness level for the e-learning in several aspects such as attitude toward e-learning, and computer literacy also this study attempt to investigate the main the barriers that EFL teachers have to overcome while incorporating e-learning into their teaching. The theory upon which the study was technology acceptance model (TAM) was selected to measure the attitude toward e-learning among EFL teachers and computer literacy. The sample of the study is 71 EFL teachers from the public school. Who were randomly selected to take part in the questionnaire. The findings revealed that the level of computer literacy has a positive influenced on the attitude toward e-learning among EFL teachers in the public school. The EFL teachers showed that the administration did not quite support the e-learning in their schools. The poor support of school administration in e-learning indicates that there is an administrative gap between the Minister of Education and schools' administration. This issue arises due to unclear e-learning policy in the education in Saudi Arabia. This issue also had an impact on the school administration in support e-learning. It is claimed that EFL teachers had two important issues when they adopt e-learning in their teaching: lack of reliability of the software and lack of time.

Keywords: attitude, e-learning, CALL, computer literacy

1. Introduction

The latest techniques in education have been developed in many areas, where they took a basic dimension in business implementation. The educational field has its share in these changes which aims at developing the educational process and enhancing its methodologies and the teaching methods by shifting gradually from the traditional educational system to modern educational system, supported by technology. It had been noticed in 2005, that about 32.2 million students received at least one e-learning course (Lin, Lin, & Laffey, 2008). Overall, e-learning is the future of learning that focuses on both the individual requirements of learners and the content delivered (Colvin & Mayer, 2008).

The schools in Madina seek to progress with the development of the educational process by providing a range of technical devices. This turns into schools competing with one another in introducing these technologies in their schools. Despite the advantage of securing these devices when they are utilized, however, the process of effective use of these technologies has become a difficult task for the school as it requires concerted efforts between all parties related to the educational process, in order to overcome obstacles which are faced by the school and in particular, assisting the teachers in utilizing these technologies for the benefit of the educational process.

To accomplish this study, a research question has been addressee, the first research question is what is the state of Saudi EFL teachers' involvement in ICT usage at the Intermediate public schools in Al-Madinah city in terms of attitude toward e-learning and computer literacy?, and the second research question what are the obstacles that EFL teachers may anticipate or face if they are running an e-learning program in their teaching?. The purpose of this study to find out the current state of EFL teachers' involvement in ICT usage in terms of attitude toward e-learning and computer literacy, and identify the obstacles that EFL teachers anticipate or face if they are running the e-learning program in their teaching.

2. Problem Statement

with the financial support from the government for e-learning and the lack of studies on e-learning which are then again only confined to universities, there must be a study to examine the readiness of the teachers of English Language in using website links, in detecting their weaknesses and strengths before e-learning is adopted, or before the actual teaching is to be carried out. We need to identify the many weaknesses of EFL teachers which will contribute in making informed decisions about the adoption, implementation, and integration of e-learning that meet the requirements of EFL teachers. …

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