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La Consolacion University

Philippines
GRADUATE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

Juddie Marrisse G. Bonifacio MAEng-B

Teaching English as Second Language September 21, 2019

Embedding web-based learning systems in education has drawn increasing

popularity and growing interest among the contemporary language education

community in recent time (Hussin, 2016). In this fast-paced society, various researches

about technological advancement in Teaching English as a Second Language were

conducted. A study about Exploring Instructors' Rationale and Perspectives in Using

Blogs as a Tool for Teaching English as a Second Language showed in its result that

the surveyed instructors had a positive reflection on using blogs in the teaching and

learning of the English as second language. The teachers perceive the technology to be

beneficial to their students to a certain extent. Digital storytelling, which combines the

art of storytelling with a variety of digital audio, video, and multimedia images, has been

increasingly used as a language learning tool as research studies have shown it to be

effective in enhancing the development of language skills (Lin, 2014). Another study

that Ngo and  Eichelberger did in 2019 presented that 61.2% of the students reported

positive ICT attitudes and ICTs were more beneficial in augmenting receptive English.

Research on technology's benefits for teaching is generally positive, with a shift from the

traditional direct approaches to a more student-centered approach (Dolidze, n.d.).


Computer-assisted instruction had an overall medium effect on English language

development. Based on the results of another research by Ibrahim (2018), mobile

phones are instrumental in teaching and learning of English in classrooms. The

researchers recommend that mobile phone can be integrated in teaching and learning

of English as a Second Language. Furthermore, according to Gill (2006), technology is

a powerful tool when used correctly.

None of the researches mentioned above discussed negative impacts of

technology in language teaching and learning. Most of the papers revealed positive

results. Technology is a broad topic. If the people will conduct further studies on its

impacts in language learning, they will be able to uncover new information contrary to

the previous outcomes or provide accurate data in supporting the previous claims. In

this era where digital learning is a trend, the society needs more research-based

evidence that will serve as a guide in learning and teaching the language.