The Usability of classroom Technologies in English Language Teaching and Learning (ELT & ELL)

Kamel Mahamamad Qoitassi, Rahim Jafar Mahammad Sharif


In language teaching and learning, we have a lot to choose from the world of technology: Radio, TV, CD Rom, Computers, C.A.L.L., the Internet, Electronic Dictionary, Email, Blogs and Audio Cassettes, Power Point, Videos, DVD‟s or VCD‟s. The last two decades have witnessed a revolution due to onset of technology, and has changed the dynamics of various industries, and has also influenced the industries and the way people interact and work in the society. This rapid rising and development of information technology has offered a better pattern to explore the new teaching model. As a result technology plays a very importantrole in English teaching. Using multimedia to create a context to teach English has its unique advantages.Weexamined the effect of teaching and learning with technology on student cognitive and affective outcomes using the available technique. Screening studies obtained from an electric search of databases resulted in 58 studies (2013-2014). Overall, effect sizes were small to moderate across the cognitive and affective outcome measures. Specific teaching/learning components such as context/making sense, challenging activity, instructional conversation, and joint productivity were associated with effect sizes. Instructional features such as objectives, pattern of student computer use, and type of learning task also moderated effect sizes. Suggestions are made for teachers to include these instructional features and teaching strategies in teaching and learningwith classroom technology.

Keywords: Technology, Teaching and learning, Computer-assisted instruction, Good instructional practices, Student outcomes.

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