Student Perspectives The impact of using technology in language learning

  • عمادة التعلم الالكتروني
    Tue - 01/05/2012

Goal 1 of the Saudi National Center for E-learning and Distance Learning, an affiliate of Ministry of Higher Education, is “to spread e-learning applications and solutions in all higher education institutions in accordance with the best quality standards.” King Khalid University is one of the leading Saudi universities that have recently adopted this new mode of teaching/learning with much of zeal and enthusiasm at the training, support, design and delivery levels.

It is a fact that adopting such technology in language learning opens up exciting vistas of effective learning, promoting interactivity, collaboration, portability, creativity and innovation. English language learners find themselves overwhelmed with much online input compared to the very limited input available in face-to-face teaching environment. Effective involvement of students in utilizing interactive tools such as chat, course mail, discussion boards, wikis, etc. are expected to enhance the amount of input and therefore influences their output positively.

My presentation focused on the impact of using technology on language learning with particular reference to the influence of Blackboard Learning Management System on the development of English language learning at KKU.


The presentation tried to answer the following two questions:

  1. To what extent does this abundance of input influence the students' abilities to produce output in the new language they    are learning? 
  2. Do learners of English feel that their progress in English language learning is enhanced by e-learning systems provided by the university?

To answer these two crucial questions, the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) (Davis, 1989) serves as the theoretical basis for this study. TAM proposes that perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness of technology are predictors of user attitude towards using technology, subsequent behavioral intentions and actual usage. A researcher-designed questionnaire was developed to explore students' perceptions of the impact of technology on the development of various language skills, namely speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Some of the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth level students (100 respondents)who have been taking blended courses for the last two years participated in this study to explore their views with regard to the influence of using technology on their progress in learning English. 


The study concluded with the following results:

  • - Students highly value the importance of blended learning in listening and vocabulary courses. Writing and reading skills take the second position in benefitting from e-learning tools, according to students perceptions. 
  • - Majority of the participants think that using e-learning does not help students in speaking skills development as with other skills.
  • - Degree of the students’ acceptance of the online environment is generally promising.
  • -  Interactivity and communication among students and interactivity and communication between learners and instructors; and learners’ interaction with the content need further efforts by instructors and learners. Statistics shows weakness in these aspects.    

By Dr. Abdul Wahed Al Zumor (Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics)

Presented in Imam University Symposium

The full presentation is attached:

Imam University Symposium.ppt1.68 MB


 Your   power point

 Your   power point presentation entitled The impact of using technology in language learning: Students Perspective at Imam University is really very informative, enlightening, and inspiring.  It makes one proud of being a part of KKU. A commendable job indeed! Please keep it up!


Dr. Mohammed Shahid Kamal

Khamis Community College,


 Thank you brother Shahid.

 Thank you brother Shahid. Your comment is very inspiring. I hope you are doing well. Warmest Regards. 

 Thank you brother Ammar Anas

 Thank you brother Ammar Anas and Abdul Hafiz. I strongly appreciate your comments. 

    Learning English language



Learning English language through accessing technology is one of the most potential area of research and  Dr. Abdul Wahed Al-Zumor is one of the pioneers in this area. There is no doubut e-Learning and accessing other supportive educational technology does a lot to change the environment of learning English for ESL/EFL learners which is not possible in face to face learning. Congretualtion for this excellent presentation !  


Ammar Anas 

E-Learning Supervisor

Al-Namas Community College 


 Masha Allah Sir ,keep it up 

 Masha Allah Sir ,keep it up