This study investigated a barrier to adopting technology in a language learning context among Omani College students. The barrier examined was honor - to see if it affected female usage of the internet. The study used a questionnaire, complemented by semi-structured interviews with teachers and students at Nizwa College of Technology, Sultanate of Oman who volunteered to participate in the study. The results of the questionnaire were quantified, while the interviews augmented the results and provided relevant insights. The study found a gender divide regarding computer usage: parents consider the computer and the Internet suitable for the male members of the family but not for the female members; female students are discouraged from using the Internet, particularly instant messaging and social network sites such as Facebook due to fear of gossip and potential harm to the family honor. Copyright © 2011 ACADEMY PUBLISHER.
|Journal||Theory and Practice in Language Studies|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2011|
CitationKohnke, L. (2011). Honor as a barrier in adapting technology in language learning context in Oman. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 1(10), 1369-1374. doi: 10.4304/tpls.1.10.1369-1374