Effective Use of Tablet Computers in EFL Pedagogy

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Adrian Leis, Miyagi University of Education

This paper reports on changes observed in university students’ attitudes toward tablet computers as tools for teaching English as a foreign language. For the duration of one university semester, the researcher provided tablet computers to 38 students studying to become English teachers. Questionnaires were conducted to measure participants’ feelings about such devices as tools for teaching and learning a foreign language, gaining both quantitative and qualitative data for analysis. Results indicate that after using the tablet computers to give presentations and conduct model lessons for 15 weeks, the students could see the benefits of such tools as teaching aids. However, no statistically significant differences were measured in attitudes toward the tablets as a tool for learning foreign languages. It is suggested that the use of tablet computers is beneficial for training prospective teachers in order to reduce their anxiety regarding the use of these tools for educational purposes.