Teachers’ and Learners’ Perceptions Towards Digital Game-Based Learning in ESL Classroom

Amal Abdullah Alhebshi, Maha Saeed Halabi

Abstract


Technology is being used in teaching environments to engage students and teachers effectively in the classroom context and building their interest to explore the versatile phenomenon of learning. Digital game-based learning has become a new learning experience that enhances students’ and teachers’ motivation to achieve competencies. The present research explores the perceptions of teachers and students about digital game-based learning in ESL classrooms. The researcher draws on the relevant literature to demonstrate and support the study's findings. The research is investigated quantitatively by administering a questionnaire to measure the perspectives of ESL teachers and the foundation-year students at King Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The quantitative data gathered from students and teachers were analyzed through SPSS software. The findings indicate that a significant number of respondents prefer using technological devices for better outcomes in the teaching and learning process. It also shows that using digital games had positive impact in relation to three main variables; engagement with learning and teaching, acceptance of DGBL and the effects of DGBL to learn the English language. This also helps participants to gain learning experience in their environment at any time and from anywhere.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jsel.v8i1.17353

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