VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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EFL Teachers in Relation to ICT-Integrated Teaching: ‘Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!’
Khanh Linh Tran Dang

Building: A12
Room: Room 103
Date: 2018-10-12 03:55 PM – 04:25 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-17

Abstract


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been gaining momentum in language education due to its positive effects on language teaching and learning (Henderson, Selwyn, & Aston, 2017; Motteram, 2013; Samuel & Bakar, 2006). However, teachers’ resistance to ICT use has also been widely reported, with ubiquitous impeding factors unfolded (Mumtaz, 2000). This paper contributes to related conversations around this issue by exploring Vietnamese EFL teachers’ perspectives on their uptake or neglect of ICT in their teaching contexts.

 

Through the ecological lens of ‘affordance’ (Gibson, 1986; Letiche & Lissack, 2009), the author examines and discusses teachers’ decisions regarding ICT integration from their own context-sensitive stance. Data was collected via interviews, class observations, focus group discussions and meeting minutes from her current workplace as well as a case study she conducted previously on eight teachers working at two different education colleges in Vietnam. Findings related to ICT show that teachers in the same or similar teaching settings could have different reactions to ICT, depending not only on their personal experiences with ICT, but also on their perceptions of language teaching, and their attitudes towards the teaching contexts they were in. From these findings, the author suggests implications for an insider perspective on evaluating the feasibility of ICT integration in the language classroom, which can assist policy makers and educational institutions to anticipate the possibility or understand the reality of ICT in targeted teaching settings.

Keywords


affordance, ICT integration, language classroom, teachers’ perspectives