Investigating Undergraduate Students’ Attitudes Towards English Mobile Learning

Authors

  • Otmane Omari Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Moulay Ismail University, Meknes, Morocco http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1371-2130
  • S. Bourekkadi National School of Applied Sciences, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetuan, Morocco;
  • K. Slimani Faculty of sciences, Ibn tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco.
  • S Khoulji National School of Applied Sciences, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetuan, Morocco;
  • M.L Kerkeb National School of Applied Sciences, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetuan, Morocco;

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14738/tmlai.54.3210

Keywords:

English, Mobile learning, higher-education, university, Morocco.

Abstract

The increase of mobile devices, the availability of several features, and the decrease in terms of cost of smartphones made them useful not only for communication, but also for learning. Similarly, the importance of English in higher education makes it one of the most fundamental foreign languages that students want to learn. Many students look for different ways to learn English. Among these ways is Mobile Learning which becomes nowadays a useful tool for language learning due to the evolution of mobile technology. However, little is known about the attitudes of Moroccan students towards English M-learning. Thus, the purpose of this study is to examine the attitudes of using M-learning by university students to learn English. The study involved 286 students representing different universities, levels, and departments. A questionnaire was distributed and interviews were carried out to answer the research questions. Results revealed that university students have positive attitudes towards English M-learning. The total average mean score obtained for the used scale was M=3.80. Additionally, the qualitative findings confirmed some results of the quantitative data and displayed other important findings related to feelings and obstacles towards English M-learning. The findings are of great importance for teachers, practitioners, administrators, and websites/apps programmers.


Author Biography

Otmane Omari, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Moulay Ismail University, Meknes, Morocco

Otmane OMARI was born in Fez, Morocco in 1986. He received an MA degree in Business Communication in 2014 at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes and a B.A degree in English studies at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities - Dhar El Mehraz. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in English at Moulay Ismail University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Meknes, Morocco. He participated in several national and international conferences. In December 2016, he won the best paper award of the topic “Pedagogical Approaches” in an international conference on Pedagogical Approaches and E-Learning. His current research interests include self-regulated learning, self-directed learning, lifelong learning, motivation, E-learning, mobile learning, educational technology, self-efficacy, students’ psychology, and English language learning and teaching.

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2017-09-01

How to Cite

Omari, O., Bourekkadi, S., Slimani, K., Khoulji, S., & Kerkeb, M. (2017). Investigating Undergraduate Students’ Attitudes Towards English Mobile Learning. Transactions on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, 5(4). https://doi.org/10.14738/tmlai.54.3210

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Special Issue : 1st International Conference on Affective computing, Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems