21st Century Writing Classroom: Attitude and Perceptions of Tertiary EFL Students towards the Use of Smartphone Learning Applications in Improving Writing Skills

Project ID: WUB/2022/P1/008

Project Duration: 2022 - 2023

Project Leader: Md. Nurullah Patwary (Department of English)

Project Members: Md. Nasim Fardose Sajib

Mobile applications in smartphones have been used extensively in a lot of real life situations including language learning programmes. Modern tertiary EFL (English as a foreign language) classrooms of the 21st Century also use the applications to develop students’ writing skills. This study attempts to examine Bangladeshi Tertiary EFL learners’ attitude and perceptions toward their use of smartphone applications in developing their writing proficiency. This study also seeks to explore the extent to which mobile applications are used to support writing development. To carry out the study, a total of 120 first-year university students form four universities will be asked to participate in a Likert-scale questionnaire survey. The obtained quantitative data will be analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The study will also aim to offer an approach to the integration of smartphones into the EFL classroom in the writing developing programme. In this study, quantitative approach will be followed in both data collection and data analysis methods. The outcomes are expected to have useful implications for the Bangladeshi tertiary EFL teaching pedagogy.