Teachers’ Perceptions Toward Technology Integration into the Language Teaching Practices
Students’ experiences in language classes are no longer limited to the textbooks and other materials that are available in their immediate environment. Technology, as a tool, has broadened the scope of language teaching and learning. Therefore, technology integration in the classroom has become an important aspect of successful language teaching. This study investigates the perceptions of language teachers toward technology integration in language teaching and identifies the factors that are either promoting or demoting this process. Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were employed to collect the data. There were 171 participants from 51 different countries who completed the online questionnaire. 6 of these participants were selected for the semi-structured interviews. Results obtained from both qualitative and quantitative data revealed the teachers’ perception toward technology integration, how it enhances the EFL teaching practices, and the kinds of contribution and benefit it offers to the students and teachers. Based on the research results, the teachers demonstrated a positive attitude toward technology integration in language teaching but highlighted certain factors such as lack of knowledge on how to use technology in language teaching, lack of resources and equipment in their workplace, insufficient support available, and lack of training as hindering their ability to utilise technology in language teaching.
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