Investigation of ESL Students' Interaction With Online Information Resources

Investigation of ESL Students' Interaction With Online Information Resources

Abdullah Almobarraz (Information Management Department, Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/IJDLDC.2017100103

Abstract

This article describes how Saudi Arabia has a scholarship program that provides opportunities for Saudi citizens to pursue their undergraduate and graduate university education abroad. Because students have not mastered English, they initially enroll in an English institution. The internet is an enormously valuable learning tool for ESL students. However, Saudi students' use of information resources for learning English is unclear. This study thus investigates the information-seeking behavior of scholarship students when using online resources to learn ESL. The findings reveal that the students have a positive perception of online resources; however, they require training on searching for and using such resources. It is also found that most students use self-motivation to find online resources to increase their knowledge of English. The lack of awareness of appropriate resources is found to be the most common problem.
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Research Problem

Saudi Arabia has a scholarship program that provides opportunities for Saudi citizens to pursue their undergraduate and graduate university education abroad in many of the academic disciplines needed by the government and private sector (Saudi Arabia culture bureau in Canada, 2016). Because students have not mastered English, they initially enroll in English courses at specialized institutions. Learning a second language is a major challenge for learners because they need a range of requirements and information resources. In the digital environment, different types of resources can satisfy a student’s desire for an appropriate learning style. Some students like to learn by listening, some by reading, and others by speaking. Online resources have thus been recognized as an important source of linguistic and cultural knowledge for ESL learners to explore (Shen, Yuan, & Ewing 2015). The problem occurs when students do not know where to find resources for their preferred style and how to access them. However, Saudi students’ use of information resources for learning English is unclear. This study thus investigates the information-seeking behavior of Saudi ESL students when using online resources.

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