Attitude of Trainers and Students Towards the Use of ICT in Teaching and Learning English Language Oral Skills in Public Teacher Training Colleges in Kenya
In recent years, the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education has transformed the teaching and learning landscape, including the domain of language education. The English language, being a globally important communication tool, has also witnessed significant changes in its instructional approach due to the adoption of ICT tools. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess the attitude of trainers and students towards the use of ICT in teaching and learning English language oral skills in Mosoriot and Kericho Public Teacher Training Colleges in Kenya. The study was guided by the computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) pedagogical approach wherein learning takes place via social interaction using a computer or through the Internet (ICT). The sample was obtained from Mosoriot and Kericho Public Teacher Training Colleges in the Rift Valley region. A total of 16 respondents were picked from 32 English trainers targeted while 210 respondents were picked from 2000 English language students targeted using stratified sampling technique. Data were collected via questionnaires and presented in tables, pie charts, and bar graphs. a majority of trainers perceived negative attitudes among students towards ICT use in oral language skills, suggesting challenges in integrating technology for communication development, however, half of the respondents recognized students' highly positive attitude towards networking through social media, presenting an opportunity for engaging language learning experiences. Bridging the gap in computer experience requires ensuring that students have sufficient access to ICT tools and resources. Public teachers training colleges should equip their facilities with up-to-date technology and provide access to digital resources, enabling students to gain hands-on experience with diverse ICT tools. Also, fostering a supportive and encouraging learning environment can positively influence attitudes towards technology integration. Educators should create a culture that values the benefits of technology in language education and provides ongoing support to students in their journey of incorporating ICT tools effectively.
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