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Chinese EFL learners' attitudes towards smartphone-based reading

Tian, Xiufeng and Abdul Samat, Norhanim and Zainal, Zaidah (2022) Chinese EFL learners' attitudes towards smartphone-based reading. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 12 (9). pp. 1838-1847. ISSN 1799-2591


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.17507/tpls.1209.17


Reading through mobile phones is increasingly popularized worldwide, particularly among young adults. However, few researchers investigate EFL learners' attitudes towards smartphone-based reading. The present research conducted a questionnaire survey to explore EFL learners' perceptions and beliefs by integrating the reading attitude model with the technology acceptance model UTAUT2. One hundred ninety-two participants responded to the questionnaire. The statistical data analysis, including t-tests and analysis of variance (ANOVA), indicated that Chinese EFL learners were generally positive in smartphone-based reading. Although they did not show keen feelings about it or form a habit of using the smartphone for EFL reading, they could perceive its usefulness and ease of use and positively believed in its future use in EFL reading. Additionally, gender differences did not impact EFL learners' overall attitudes. Still, participants' interest in English and experiences in mobile reading did suggest positive influences on their attitudes towards reading through the phone. Finally, the implications of the results and pedagogical practice of smartphone use in EFL reading are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:smartphone-based reading, mobile reading, attitudes, EFL
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions:Language Academy
ID Code:98518
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:11 Jan 2023 12:17
Last Modified:11 Jan 2023 12:17

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