The Impact of Teachers’ Age, Gender and Experience on the Use of Information and Communication Technology in EFL Teaching

Hassan Saleh Mahdi, Abdullah Sa'ad Al-Dera

Abstract


The integration of information and communication technology (ICT) into language teaching and learning depends on many factors. Some of these factors are associated with teachers. Teachers play a crucial role in the integration of ICT. This study investigates the impact of teacher's age, experience, and gender on the integration of ICT into language teaching. This study utilized a mixed-method approach of investigation, which applies both qualitative and quantitative methods. The instruments used for data collection were a survey and an interview. The survey was administered to 46 in-service EFL teachers working at Najran University, Saudi Arabia. Ten out of these participants were interviewed. The results indicate that there is no significant difference in using ICT between the two groups of teachers according to their age and experience. However, the results indicate that there is a difference between male and female teachers in using ICT in language teaching. Female teachers reported less use of ICT in their instruction than male teachers. Some suggestions are offered to improve the situation of ICT integration into language learning in EFL contexts.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/elt.v6n6p57

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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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