Acceptance and Use of Mobile Technologies in Learning and Teaching of EFL: An Economic Perspective

Manal Almarwani

Abstract

The use and integration of mobile information and communication technologies (ICTs) in learning and teaching, as well as the creation of new knowledge can determine whether a country is able to successfully compete in the emerging global knowledge economy. Technology acceptance theories and models have been widely developed, used and extended to determine the factors related to the acceptance of such technologies in specific national and subject contexts. This study set out to explore the key factors that determine students’ and instructors’ use behaviour and behavioural intentions to use mobile technologies in learning and teaching EFL, in an effort to determine the readiness and acceptance of mobile learning and teaching among students and instructors at a higher education institution in Saudi Arabia. The extended Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT2), was used as the framework for this study. This model takes into account several perspectives; and was designed to assess technology acceptance beyond the organizational context by embedding consumer context dimensions. The results indicated that the research model was partially confirmed and highlighted key variables as the driving forces of use behaviour and behavioural intention to use mobile technologies in learning and teaching EFL.


Keywords

Mobile technologies; mobile learning & teaching; Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT2); English as a foreign language (EFL); consumer context; economic perspective

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