High School Students’ Attitudes and Experiences in EFL Classrooms Equipped with Interactive Whiteboards

  • Turgay Han Dept. of English Language and Literature, Ordu University, Ordu, School of Foreign Languages, Kafkas University, Kars,
  • Semih Okatan Dept. of English Language and Literature, Ordu University, Ordu, School of Foreign Languages, Kafkas University, Kars
Keywords: FATIH project, Interactive Whiteboards, English as a foreign language, English teachers, ninth grade students

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine ninth grade EFL students’ experiences and attitudes towards classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards (IWB). The data were collected with a questionnaire about attitudes towards IWB use in EFL classes, and observations from three different classrooms in three different high schools. The study indicated that the EFL students were not fully aware of how to use IWBs in learning English although they had a background of IWB use. In addition, there was no statistically significant difference in the attitudes of the male and female students towards using IWBs. Overall, the results revealed that EFL students’ attitudes towards IWBs were positive although there were some technical challenges in IWB classrooms.

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Author Biographies

Turgay Han, Dept. of English Language and Literature, Ordu University, Ordu, School of Foreign Languages, Kafkas University, Kars,
Turgay Han (PhD) is an Assistant Professor of English. After teaching for ten years at Kafkas University, he joined Ordu University in 2016. His areas of research center on EFL measurement and assessment issues, individual differences in language learning, and his areas of scholarship include assessing language skills, using G-theory to examine score variability and reliability of EFL writing assessments.
Semih Okatan, Dept. of English Language and Literature, Ordu University, Ordu, School of Foreign Languages, Kafkas University, Kars

Semih Okatan graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature, Yüzüncü Yıl University, Turkey in 2002. He worked as an English Teacher at Ministry of National Education for ten years. Later on, he has started to work as an instructor at Kafkas University. He received his Master’s Degree from Kafkas University, Department of English Language and Literature in 2014. He is currently doing his PhD at Istanbul Aydın University. His research interest includes teaching language skills.

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Published
2016-12-21
How to Cite
Han, T., & Okatan, S. (2016). High School Students’ Attitudes and Experiences in EFL Classrooms Equipped with Interactive Whiteboards. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, (13), 148-165. https://doi.org/10.26817/16925777.317