JEFFREY WILANG (King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi)


Numerous positive gains have been reported on the use of technology in language learning. Current survey of published journal articles, however, reveals lack of research on its integration to language teaching and learning in graduate language classrooms in EFL settings. In this study, the use of QR codes in the graduate EFL classroom has been investigated concerning its relatedness to emotions or affective language learning attributes (herein referred to as ALLAs) such as anxiety, engagement, motivation, self-esteem, among others during the lesson on process of writing. Three objectives were sought (1) to know students’ perceptions on ALLAs before and after the use of QR codes, (2) to establish the relationship between students’ perceived ALLAs and language performance, and (3) to understand specific situations that trigger positive or negative reactions. The students were asked to indicate their perceptions concerning ALLAs by using a survey questionnaire before and after the activity. They were also asked to do the activity independently by scanning the QR codes posted around the classroom and use the information to create an essay outline. Further, an open-ended questionnaire was provided to indicate their negative or positive reactions to specific situations during the QR-coded activity. Survey results and scores were analyzed quantitatively while open-ended statements were coded qualitatively. Results suggest the following (1) there are significant differences on the students’ perceived ALLAs before and after the activity, (2), there is a significant positive correlation between ALLAs and their language performance, and (3) twelve specific situations were found to provoke dynamic ALLAs reactions. It is suggested that the use of widely available technological innovations must be introduced to teachers of graduate language courses as its impacts on ALLAs are overwhelmingly beneficial.

Christopher Molingit Balintag hails from Tiempo, Tubo, Abra. He is a current student of Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching at the School of Liberal Arts (SoLA), King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT).

Jeffrey Dawala Wilang hails from Dilong, Tubo, Abra and currently lectures in the Department of Language Studies, School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. His research interests include emotions in language learning, English as a lingua franca, innovative research methods and language education in indigenous contexts.