International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Potential Integration of a Computer-Mediated Communication Platform into the Saudi EFL Classroom: A Synthetic Review
Jaber Ali Maslamani

The paper aims at reviewing the research about computer mediated communication to provide an understanding and discussion of their key features and capabilities and how these features might be used in online synchronous voice-based computer mediated communication (SVCMC) to support English as a foreign language learning (EFL) in Saudi Arabia. The problem of teacher-based classrooms in Saudi Arabia and their limited support of promoting oral proficiency and interactive learning environments are discussed. This paper first presents a brief overview of EFL instruction in Saudi Arabia, followed by a brief review of relevant (Second Language Acquisition) SLA theories and research with respect to interaction, CMC, and CMC based tasks. A definition and the possible implications of Skype, a CMC tool, in language learning is then presented. Finally, this paper suggests ways in which CMC can be integrated into EFL learning in the Saudi context.

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