Exploring the utilization of technology in teaching English: Practices and impediments

  • Renu Singh Thakur Ram Multiple Campus, Birgunj, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Keywords: Technology Utilization, TPACK, Professional Development, onstructivism, Technology Impediment, EFL

Abstract

The utilisation of technology into classroom practices basically promotes studentcentered instructions that require teachers to be professionally well trained and confident enough to use various technology tools and resources. This study was conducted to explore secondary school EFL teachers’ experiences and practices of modern technology usage into their classroom pedagogy and possible impediments of utilizing technology tools. Eight EFL teachers were purposefully selected from public secondary schools of the Kathmandu valley. A semi-structure interview was administered to collect the required data. The thematic data analysis revealed that the EFL teachers employed different pedagogical strategies for the effective integration of technology; however, some impediments were identified such as insufficient professional ICT skills and knowledge of EFL teachers, inadequate ICT infrastructure at school, teachers’ workload and time constraint, and digital device among students. This study suggests that EFL teachers need professional development trainings particularly designed on the TPACK framework, adequate ICT infrastructure at school, revised teachers’ workload and time constraint, and supportive school environment to promote technology utilization into EFL pedagogy.

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Author Biography

Renu Singh, Thakur Ram Multiple Campus, Birgunj, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Renu Singh is a lecturer in English Education at Thakur Ram Multiple Campus, Birgunj, Tribhuvan University. She has been teaching at the campus for the last 20 years. Currently, she is a Ph.D. scholar under Norhed Quantic Project, Faculty of Education, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. She has published journal articles and co-authored a textbook on Academic Writing. Her research area is ICT integration in teaching English at School.

Published
2018-12-31
How to Cite
Singh, R. (2018). Exploring the utilization of technology in teaching English: Practices and impediments. Journal of NELTA, 23(1-2), 153-168. https://doi.org/10.3126/nelta.v23i1-2.23360
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