Vol. 8 No. 4 (2021)
Articles

The Effect of E-Learning Sessions on the Development of Reading Comprehension: A Case of EFL Students’ Perceptions at Saudi Electronic University

Mohammad H Alhumsi
Department of English Language and Translation, Saudi Electronic University, Saudi Arabia.
Rasha A Alshaye
Department of English Language and Translation, Saudi Electronic University, Saudi Arabia.
Kholod K Sendi
Department of English Language and Translation, Saudi Electronic University, Saudi Arabia.

Published 2021-12-27

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Keywords

  • EFL University students, E-Learning, Reading comprehension, EFL students’ perceptions, Online sessions, Saudi electronic university.

How to Cite

Alhumsi, M. H., Alshaye, R. A., & Sendi, K. K. (2021). The Effect of E-Learning Sessions on the Development of Reading Comprehension: A Case of EFL Students’ Perceptions at Saudi Electronic University. Journal of Education and E-Learning Research, 8(4), 431–439. https://doi.org/10.20448/journal.509.2021.84.431.439

Abstract

This study investigated Saudi EFL university students’ perceptions toward the development of reading comprehension through e-learning sessions. A cross-sectional questionnaire was utilized and distributed to a sample of 140 participants at Saudi Electronic University. Descriptive statistics, independent sample paired t-test and one-way ANOVA were used to analyze the data. The findings revealed that EFL university students had positive perceptions of the use of online sessions to practice the reading comprehension skill. The majority agreed that reading comprehension strategies such as skimming and scanning were more appropriate to online sessions. E-learning helped these students to be more motivated and created an atmosphere conducive to independent learning. The participants appreciated the role of online sessions in enhancing their reading comprehension skills and facilitating the level of difficulty of any reading passage. Significant differences were identified relating to the respondents’ gender and academic year. Female students were more satisfied with e-learning than male students. It is recommended that in light of the rapid growth of e-learning in Saudi Arabia, educational institutions should provide online learning programs and develop well-structured courses for e-learning implementation.

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