Investigating the ICT Needs of ‘Digital Natives’ in the Learning of English in a Public University in East Malaysia

Lee, Kean Wah and Tan , Choon Keong and Ng, Shi Ing and Yoong, Sook Jhee and Chua, Yong Wei and Shelly Shirlenna Nadin, and Tang, Siew Ming (2014) Investigating the ICT Needs of ‘Digital Natives’ in the Learning of English in a Public University in East Malaysia. In: International Conference on Knowledge-Innovation-Excellence: Synergy in Language Research and Practice (2013, 2-3 July 2013, Cyberjaya, Malaysia .


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This paper examined the undergraduates‟ patterns and perceptions of technology use in the teaching and learning of English in an attempt to throw further light into the current debate of the need to change the knowledge content and method of delivery in universities to cater to the needs of “digital natives.” A questionnaire survey was used to collect data and was analysed quantitatively through the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings revealed a large majority of the university students surveyed are comfortable with the use of technology, and are incorporating a range of traditional and emerging technologies in their daily and academic lives. However, areas where the use of and familiarity with technology based tools are far from universal or uniform among the students, implying that any effort to optimise the use of technology in language teaching and learning in the university has to be appropriate to the learning environment.

Item Type:Conference Paper (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital Natives; ICT needs; learning English; technology use; East Malaysia university
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:FACULTY > Faculty of Psychology and Education
ID Code:14884
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:15 Nov 2016 11:01
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 11:01

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