Investigating the effect of modern tools on improving English language teaching
Lana Hussein Ahmed Shehata
This paper aimed at investigating the impact of modern tools on improving English language learning. The study is descriptive in nature. It used a sample of two closely related groups; the students of English and the teachers of English. The first group was made up of 30 students; the second was made up of 10 teachers. Two data collection tools were used; (a) a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire for the students, and (b) a structured interview for the teachers. The data from the questionnaire were treated statistically using SPSS program. The weighted means for the individual items and for the whole aspects of the tool were calculated. The data from the interview were analyzed qualitatively. The results were used to answer the study questions and to verify the hypotheses. The study came out with the results that (a) modern tools have a significant positive impact on the students’ language performance, (b) modern tools result in positive attitudes towards learning English language, and (c) teachers are aware of the importance of modern tools in teaching and learning English. The paper offered two recommendations concerning the training of students to transform their positive attitudes into action and the training of teachers to employ modern tools effectively in order to match the needs and expectations of the students. The paper also suggested two areas for further research: (a) the role of modern tools in narrowing the gap between the teachers' practices and the students' expectations, and (b) the role of modern tools in developing the 21st Century skills.