Informal digital learning of English and perceptions of using EIL materials: Attitude toward varieties of English as a mediator

Ju Seong LEE, Jianzhu CHEN, Nur Arifah DRAJATI

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Abstract

This mixed-methods study aims to examine the mediating role of attitude toward English varieties in the relationship between Informal Digital Learning of English (IDLE) and perceptions of using English as an International Language (EIL) materials in pre-service English teachers. We collected and analyzed survey data from 434 Indonesian EFL pre-service teachers, using the Jamovi programme. Survey results showed that both receptive and productive IDLE activities had a significant impact on attitudes toward different forms of English, which in turn had a significant impact on views of using EIL resources. Individual interviews (n = 10) and stimulated recalls (n = 7) revealed that participation in IDLE activities (e.g. watching YouTube videos with different English accents and users) aided in maintaining a more positive attitude toward different varieties of English. As a result, pre-service EFL teachers became more open to using EIL materials, such as listening materials that employ different English accents. This study suggests that IDLE is an important factor in developing positive attitudes toward English varieties, an approach that may enable today's pre-service EFL teachers to become more open toward and tolerant of integrating EIL pedagogy into practice. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Early online date22 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Dec 2021

Citation

Lee, J. S., Chen, J., & Drajati, N. A. (2021). Informal digital learning of English and perceptions of using EIL materials: Attitude toward varieties of English as a mediator. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01434632.2021.2021213

Keywords

  • Informal digital learning of English
  • Teaching English as an international language
  • Attitudes toward varieties of English
  • Pre-service EFL teachers

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