A Study of EFL Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of Non-native English Teachers

Abstract

Frequent quizzing is one of the major factors motivating students to study. The clicker system was a promising technology but has some limitations. Most of the universities in the developing countries do not have it and some instructors have problem using it. In this study, a system based on SMS is suggested. Mobiles phones are ubiquitous especially in the developing countries and almost all have Short Message Service. Methods: An android application was developed by the author that receives SMS, grades them instantly and produces lists of names and scores, summary of scores and answers according to questions (more details in the appendix). The system was tested in classrooms at Hawler Medical University . Feedback from 250 students in stages 3 and 4 in addition to 10 instructors were analyzed both quantitative and qualitatively respectively.
Results: Most of the students (87%) thought that the new system was easy to use and more convenient compared to the traditional pen and paper. The only concern was money spent on the quiz (about 0.02 US$). On the other hand, the faculties' feedback was overwhelming positive (100%) stating that it reduces the boring time of checking student answers from 30-60 minute depending on the class size to virtually zero. Conclusions: The new SMS Quiz systems seems to be promising that reduces the chore of answer checking to zero minutes and the and students also finds is superior to the traditional pen and paper quizzes.



Author Information
Samanan Sudsa-ard, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Paper Information
Conference: ACLL2013
Stream: Language Learning

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