ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS’ UTILIZATION OF EFFECTIVE ICT STRATEGIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LEARNER AUTONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Ossai Rosemary Chidimma, Prof. Patricia N. Uzoegwu
Dr. Cajetan Ikechukwu Egbe
Department of Arts Education,
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
This study investigated the effective utilization of ICT for development of learner autonomy in teaching of English language in Obollo Afor Education Zone. Specifically, the study determined teachers’ level of competency in the use of ICT, effective ICT strategies in teaching of English language for development of learner autonomy, the extent of utilization of effective ICT strategies and barriers to effective utilization of the effective ICT strategies. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The population of the study was 158 which comprised all the English language teachers in Obollo Afor Education Zone. There was no sampling due to the manageable size of the population. A 40 item questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents. The items were face validated by three specialists. The reliability coefficient of 0.89 was obtained using Cronbach alpha statistics. Four research questions guided the study. Mean and Standard Deviation were used to answer the research questions. Findings revealed low level of teachers’ competency in the use of ICT and 10 effective ICT strategies for development of learner autonomy in teaching of English. Findings also indicated that teachers do not make effective use of the effective ICT strategies .Eight barriers to effective utilization of ICT for development of learner autonomy were also identified. The study recommended organization of professional development for teachers to improve their knowledge of the use of ICT, provision of sufficient ICT infrastructures, and formulation of policies that will guide the use of ICT in education.
Key Words: Teaching of English Language, ICT, Strategy, Effective ICT Strategy, Learner Autonomy