Transforming English Language Education in Saudi Arabia: Why Does Technology Matter?

Saleh Al-Shehri

Abstract


Several studies have discussed the potential of reforming the Saudi educational system in line with Vision 2030 announced in 2016. While some studies highlighted factors that can make transformation successful, reviewed studies proposed future plans on how educational reform can take place, i.e., studies that investigated the Vision’s educational opportunities are mostly proposals, meaning that no experimental research has yet been conducted on the actual learning practice, particularly with English education and the incorporation of technology into learning. Thus, the current longitudinal study is an attempt to investigate English language teachers’ perceptions of and attitudes about the Vision and whether they have experienced any remarkable educational changes in their own behavior and teaching practices. The study was conducted with 15 female in-service English language teachers. Data was collected in two phases to reveal any change in teachers perceptions over time. The study concluded that almost all participants held positive attitudes toward Vision 2030. However, there was not a correlation between teachers' perceptions and actual teaching experience in terms of pedagogical and technological perceptions and the Vision's implications.

Keywords


English instruction and technology; teachers' behavioral change; education reform

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