Blended Learning In English Foreign Language

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In the digital age of today, modern approaches of teaching English as foreign language adopts new technologies in language learning and teaching to adequately reflect the current needs, attitudes and tendencies of the digital society. This paper addresses the effect of establishing the trend of Blended Learning instruction in English Foreign Language (EFL) classes in five colleges at Taif universities, KSA where technologies are required for teaching. It focuses on experiencing this type of learning where learners will be engaged in various types of communication task using internet and face-to-face communication. In the case of Taif university branches, students do not practice adequately spoken English inside classrooms let alone outside…show more content…
BL is considered salient as it creates motivation and flexibility in learning that congruent with the desire and interest of the students. In this regards, Burgon and Williams (2003) emphasized the importance of BL for student, he states that BL arouses the interest of the students and that their satisfaction increases in terms of oral practice. Likewise, BL provides flexibility and convenience for the learners. By and large, through BL students could be exposed to authentic material and real environment of English that embody culture and knowledge needed to develop their communicative competence. Osguthorpe and Graham (2003) identified six uses and benefits for…show more content…
Blended Learning as an effective instruction BL instruction is a new approach teaching and learning that is being promoted at many universities involving an integration of learning technologies and face-to-face teaching. It focuses on communication, integration and collaboration. These three skills can not only hone students’ English language proficiency but also develop oral communication. BL in an EFL setting combines the effectiveness and socialization opportunities of the classroom with the technologically enhanced active learning possibilities of online environment (Dziuban et al., 2004). ELearning can allow access to target language culture through the use of videos, blogs, chat rooms, and discussion forums (Duff & Uchida, 1997). These tools allow EFL learners to have more access to native speakers' language. AL-Jarf (2006) argues that online atmospheres help to make the students feel relaxed. The exposure of the students to onliner authentic materials and tasks enables the learners to use the process of practicing all language skills. In addition, the online activities facilitate the self-directed learning in relevance to the course material (Barenfanger,

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