Saudi EFL Learners’ Perceptions of the Benefits of ICT Integration into English Learning

Nada H. Gamlo


This study focuses on exploring the benefits perceived by Saudi English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students of integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into English learning and teaching. It also aims to determine their use of ICT and their attitudes to its use in learning and teaching. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey from 120 female preparatory year students studying at an English Language Institute (ELI) at a University in Saudi Arabia. The quantitative data obtained were analysed through statistical descriptive analysis. The findings of the study reveal positive attitudes among students on the use of ICT in English learning and teaching. The majority of the students used ICT to access English learning resources to learn English. Students also perceived ICT as a useful tool that could be used to access authentic materials. In addition, students strongly agreed that ICT can improve their English learning and helps increase learning autonomy. The findings of the study were discussed and compared with the findings of related literature. This study provides valuable insights on how students perceive ICT as a tool of learning and teaching that can help provide a better English learning experience. Moreover, this study contributes to the research area of ICT use in EFL learning in the Arab higher education context.

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