The Use of Moodle for Teaching and Learning English at Tertiary Level in Thailand

By Suksan Suppasetseree and Nutprapha K. Dennis.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Technology and computers have affected teaching and learning English in Thai higher education. The multi-functionality of Learning-Management System (LMS) such as Moodle is integrated in English language classrooms to enhance students’ learning. To facilitate the importance of teacher preparation for E-learning use, it is important to study the facts influencing teachers in integrating Moodle into their English classrooms and to explore the opinion from students who learn English by using Moodle. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were employed in this study. The results showed that 6 of 18 teachers from School of English at Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) used Moodle to supplement their English language teaching. Most of them used the uploading and sharing documents feature in order to assign students’ homework and encouraged students to download learning material outside the class to practice their English learning skills. It was also found that Moodle facilitates student-centered and anytime-anywhere learning. Moreover, it makes course administration easier and helps to reduce the cost and time of delivering instruction. In addition, 213 students were asked questions on using Moodle, the results showed they had positive opinions toward learning English via Moodle. However, there are some disadvantages of using Moodle in English language teaching as network and technical problems were also discussed in the study.

Keywords: Moodle, e-Learning, Educational Technology, English Language Teaching and Learning

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp.29-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 701.328KB).

Dr. Suksan Suppasetseree

University Lecturer, School of English , Institute of Social Technology, Suranaree University of Technology, Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Dr. Suksan Suppasetseree is the English lecturer at Suranaree University of Technology in Naknon Ratchasima province, Thailand. He is also the director of English Language Resource Unit. His interests include Technology Enhanced Language Learning, Instructional System Design and Self-Access Language Learning.

Dr. Nutprapha K. Dennis

Student, School of English, Institute of Social Technology, Suranaree University of Technology, Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Nootprapa K. Dennis is the Ph.D candidate in English Language Studies at Suranaree University of Technology in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Her interests include e-learning and blended learning.

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