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The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners' Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context

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  • Source:
    International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, v11 n1 p31-40 Sep 2018. 10 pp.
  • Language:
    English
  • Publication Type:
    Journal Articles; Reports - Research
  • Additional Information
    • Author(s):
    • Availability:
      Full Text from ERIC Available online: https://eric.ed.gov/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=EJ1193451
      International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education. T&K Akademic Rosendalsvein 45, Oslo 1166, Norway. e-mail: iejee@iejee.com; Web site: https://www.iejee.com/index.php/IEJEE/index
    • Peer Reviewed:
      Y
    • ISSN:
      1307-9298
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      This study investigated the impact of social strategies mediated by smartphone features and applications on socio-cultural autonomy in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) reading context among undergraduates in Saudi Arabia. Two EFL reading classes of 70 students acted as an experimental and a control group participated in this study. A questionnaire was administered to collect the quantitative data from the participants prior to and post the interventional programme. The experimental group utilised their own smartphone features and applications (dictionaries, WhatsApp, camera, internet search engines, notes, and recorders) to employ the social strategies of asking for clarification and correction, cooperating and empathising with others inside and outside the classroom for 12 weeks whereas the control group learned using the traditional methods. The findings of the study revealed that the employment of social strategies mediated by smartphone features and applications promoted the learners' socio-culturally autonomous learning characteristics of interaction, interdependence, self-regulation, self-worth, mutual support, and understating in EFL reading context. It is recommended strategy use training programmes and smartphones integration in language learning should be highly considered in curricula design, teaching and learning methods, training programmes in order to empower learners to take more responsible roles in the learning of EFL reading skills.
    • Abstract:
      As Provided
    • Number of References:
      69
    • Physical Description:
      10
    • Education Level:
      Higher Education
    • Journal Code:
      JAN2020
    • Publication Date:
      2018
    • Accession Number:
      EJ1193451
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ALZUBI, A. A. F.; SINGH, M. K. A. M. The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, [s. l.], v. 11, n. 1, p. 31–40, 2018. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1193451&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 2 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Alzubi AAF, Singh MKAM. The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education. 2018;11(1):31-40. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1193451&custid=s8280428. Accessed July 2, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Alzubi AAF, Singh MKAM. The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education. 2018;11(1):31-40. Accessed July 2, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1193451&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Alzubi, A. A. F., & Singh, M. K. A. M. (2018). The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 11(1), 31–40.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Alzubi, Ali Abbas Falah, and Manjet KAUR A/P Mehar Singh. 2018. “The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context.” International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education 11 (1): 31–40. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1193451&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Alzubi, A. A. F. and Singh, M. K. A. M. (2018) ‘The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context’, International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 11(1), pp. 31–40. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1193451&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 2 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Alzubi, AAF & Singh, MKAM 2018, ‘The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context’, International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 31–40, viewed 2 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Alzubi, Ali Abbas Falah, and Manjet KAUR A/P Mehar Singh. “The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context.” International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, vol. 11, no. 1, Sept. 2018, pp. 31–40. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1193451&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Alzubi, Ali Abbas Falah, and Manjet KAUR A/P Mehar Singh. “The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context.” International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education 11, no. 1 (September 1, 2018): 31–40. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1193451&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Alzubi AAF, Singh MKAM. The Impact of Social Strategies through Smartphones on the Saudi Learners’ Socio-Cultural Autonomy in EFL Reading Context. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education [Internet]. 2018 Sep 1 [cited 2020 Jul 2];11(1):31–40. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1193451&custid=s8280428