ICT tools patterns of use among malaysian university students ESL

Siew Ming Thang, Kean Wah Lee, Puvaneswary Murugaiah, Mohd Jaafar Nurjanah, Choon Keong Tan, Nurul Iman Ahmad Bukhari

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Abstract

The proposal to undertake major reforms in universities to cater to the need of the so-called “digital natives” has revealed the belief that there is a homogenous generation of university students highly skilled in the usage of technology is untrue. Instead these students seem more inclined to use technology for social rather than academic purposes. In Malaysia, the use of technology in learning English as Second Language (ESL) has generally been well received. However the characteristics of the “digital natives” have not been clearly defined until recently when Thang et al. (2014) undertook a study to investigate patterns of ICT use of students in a public university in Malaysia. Their findings are somewhat similar to those of other countries but they differ in that they found students show a preference for the teacher- centred approach. The current study extends on this by undertaking a study involving four different types of public universities. A questionnaire designed by the research team was used to collect data which were analysed quantitatively using SPSS. The findings revealed that students from all four universities generally felt that technology is useful for learning ESL. However, their usage is more for recreation than for learning ESL. It further revealed that the teachers used technology only moderately, but the students still felt that their teachers are competent in the use of technology. This shows their unwillingness to criticize their teachers openly. However, there were some variations which suggest that students from older research universities are more self-reliant and students from newer universities are more receptive to the use of technology for learning ESL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-65
Number of pages17
JournalGEMA Online Journal of Language Studies
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

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Keywords

  • Digital natives
  • ICT needs and use
  • Perceptions of technology use
  • Teachercenteredness
  • Technology and learning

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  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Thang, S. M., Lee, K. W., Murugaiah, P., Nurjanah, M. J., Tan, C. K., & Bukhari, N. I. A. (2016). ICT tools patterns of use among malaysian university students ESL. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, 16(1), 49-65.

ICT tools patterns of use among malaysian university students ESL. / Thang, Siew Ming; Lee, Kean Wah; Murugaiah, Puvaneswary; Nurjanah, Mohd Jaafar; Tan, Choon Keong; Bukhari, Nurul Iman Ahmad.

In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.02.2016, p. 49-65.

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Thang, SM, Lee, KW, Murugaiah, P, Nurjanah, MJ, Tan, CK & Bukhari, NIA 2016, 'ICT tools patterns of use among malaysian university students ESL', GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 49-65.
Thang SM, Lee KW, Murugaiah P, Nurjanah MJ, Tan CK, Bukhari NIA. ICT tools patterns of use among malaysian university students ESL. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies. 2016 Feb 1;16(1):49-65.
Thang, Siew Ming ; Lee, Kean Wah ; Murugaiah, Puvaneswary ; Nurjanah, Mohd Jaafar ; Tan, Choon Keong ; Bukhari, Nurul Iman Ahmad. / ICT tools patterns of use among malaysian university students ESL. In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies. 2016 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 49-65.
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