Blackboard as a Motivator for Saudi EFL Students: A Psycholinguistic Study

International Journal of English Linguistics; Vol. 7, No. 5; 2017

8 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2020

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Jamal Kaid Mohammed Ali

University of Bisha - Department of English

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Blackboard is a learning management system that provides students with an opportunity to access the course at their convenience. Blackboard makes it possible for students to do online activities, interact with other students and their teachers, review instructional materials, and listen to the recorded classes. Students can also attend live lectures and discussion via virtual classes (collaborative blackboard) from homes, cafés, or from anywhere they choose. All of these features can be accessed by students anytime and anywhere. This facility might motivate English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students to study effectively and efficiently. The purpose of this research is to investigate the use of Blackboard system in teaching and learning and evaluate its influence on motivating Saudi English students. It looks at the role of Blackboard on English students’ motivation from their own point of view and tries to determine whether students encounter issues that affect their motivation. El-Seoud et al. (2014, p. 2) believed that “the success or failure of online instruction is perhaps related to student motivation”. This study is conducted at the University of Bisha in Saudi Arabia. The sample consisted of 80 students from the English Department. This is a mixed method study of the students who use Blackboard for online learning. The study found that using Blackboard motivated students to work harder and learn better than traditional methods of learning. It also found that students believe that Blackboard is a motivating factor. Some demotivating factors have also been identified in this study.

Keywords: Saudi EFL students, Blackboard, e-learning, LMS, psycholinguistics, motivation, Saudi Arabia

Suggested Citation

Kaid Mohammed Ali, Jamal, Blackboard as a Motivator for Saudi EFL Students: A Psycholinguistic Study (2017). International Journal of English Linguistics; Vol. 7, No. 5; 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3693054

Jamal Kaid Mohammed Ali (Contact Author)

University of Bisha - Department of English ( email )

Saudi Arabia

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