This literature review will examine current trends in the use of online resources to enhance the English reading skills of elementary-aged ESL students in the United States. The ultimate goal of this review is to make a case for the introduction of ESL technology into elementary schools in Saudi Arabia, where its not currently utilized to its full potential. The review will focus on the range of current programs that are available to educators, including software that was not specifically designed for ESL students. It will also examine the methods of application that educators use to bring these programs into the classroom. Common challenges to the use of ESL technology, including access, personal communication, environmental factors and technical obstacles will also be explored. The merits of using ESL technology will be discussed, as well as its shortcomings. Suggested applications and procedures for implementing new technology in Saudi will be provided along with an analysis of each suggestion’s potential benefits to the country’s educational system.
Azizah Alogali, University of Rochester, United States
Stream: Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
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