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Using ICT and digital tools in English teaching: An empirical study regarding English teachers’ views and usage of computers or tablets in secondary schools in years 7-9
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

ICT and digital tools such as computers and tablets are used on a daily basis in schools; in fact, the Swedish curriculum suggests that teachers should educate students on how to use digital tools. This is where the question regarding the usage of computers or tablets in English teaching becomes interesting. Are teachers actually using digital tools or not? What are teachers’ views of digital tools in English teaching? The aim of this study is to investigate these questions and at the same time explore how and to what extent teachers use computers in their teaching. The results of a questionnaire show that all nine teachers who answered use digital tools daily but for different reasons. Some of these teachers use computers or tablets for administration, planning of lessons, lesson tutorials and various exercises while some of the teachers use them daily but for only a few things. It seems that there are varieties in attitudes and opinions towards digital tools in teaching; however, the positive attitudes are more common than negative. Some of the teachers also have a rather neutral attitude and these diverse views could depend on many factors, for example, teaching experience, teachers’ general knowledge of digital tools, a lack of time or maybe it depends on the teacher’s mood on that day.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
digital tools, computers, tablets, teachers’ attitudes, English teaching, secondary school.
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26511OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26511DiVA: diva2:1155459
Available from: 2017-11-08 Created: 2017-11-08

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