Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 16

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Multicultural Second Language Learning Students’ Views on Technological Skills, Barriers and Beliefs

Arhun Ersoy, Near East University (Cyprus)

Seda Cakmak, Near East University (Cyprus)

Fatma Koprulu, Near East University (Cyprus)


The main aim of this study was to evaluate the level of the English preparatory school students’ technological skills, barriers and beliefs at universities in Northern Cyprus. Qualitative research method was used in order to reach the aim of this study. With interviews qualitative data were gathered. The interview form had two parts. Regarding demographic features, gender, age, culture and students’ departments were included in the first part. In the second part of the interview form, three interview questions were asked to the participants. According to the results of the present study, it was found out that there weren’t any significant differences among gender and age groups. Since the classes in this study are multi cultural classes, there were differences among the participants’ culture regarding tecnological skills. It was also noted that the students who had ICT course in their curriculum at their high schools could easily adapt to use technological devices and applications in their language education. An other result obtained from the study was that one of the barriers depends on the students’ high school background.

Keywords: technological skills, technological barriers, technological beliefs, second language, multicultural.

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