The Use of Multimedia Based Learning Materials in English Language Teaching in Developing Educational Systems

| July 5, 2012
The Use of Multimedia Based Learning Materials in English Language Teaching in Developing Educational Systems

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Asian University
Faculty of Liberal Arts
MEd TESOL Program

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Education
Faculty of Liberal Arts
Asian University
January 2012
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Ahmed Falih was born in a rural sub-district called Bab-Suleiman in Abul-Khaseeb district, Basra, Iraq where he completed his primary and secondary schools. He has a BA in English Language, from the College of Education, Basra University. He has been working as an employee at Arab Gulf Studies Center, Basra University since 2003. He took a crucial part in translating the Center’s two main magazines (Arabian Gulf and The Economist) into English. He was also responsible for the cultural exchange between the Center where he works and universities and centers across the world. Moreover, Ahmed worked with other teachers and employees in the same Center in conducting several English language courses devoted to the development of Center’s teachers, researchers and employees.

As technology development has touched every part of our life and as education is part of our world, it is interesting to make use of innovative tools and bring it inside classrooms. Multimedia based learning materials become more important in education everywhere across the world for its powerful potentials to develop language education.
The use of multimedia based learning materials in the classrooms was investigated in Iraq along a period of two months. This study carried out in Iraq to investigate the effectiveness of multimedia based learning materials on teaching process and whether Iraqi learners favor the use of multimedia materials over the traditional textbooks.
Sixty learners of a secondary school for boys in Basra were the subjects of this study. The subjects were split into two groups; thirty subjects were in the experimental group EG, and the other thirty ones were in the control group CG. Both groups were taught separately, one through multimedia based learning materials inside the digital classroom, the other through a traditional textbook.
An Independent Samples T Test was carried out, and showed that there was a significant difference between the mean of the two groups. It represents that multimedia based learning materials have a significant positive effect on learners’ scores. Also, A Likert Scale 1-5 analysis indicated that EG learners strongly preferred multimedia based learning materials to traditional textbooks.
Some limitations of this study are acknowledged. And as the study of multimedia based learning materials is relatively new in learning education in Iraq, further research is needed in the effectiveness of multimedia based learning materials in teaching other level of students including primary and secondary schools.

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