Are English Teachers Ready for Testing Speaking Skills with Technology 4.0?

İleri S. A.

EDUCCON (Education Conference), Ankara, Turkey, 27 - 28 September 2018

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


Technology does not only change the materials that people use, it also changes and effects many fields including language education. Contemporary trend is “Education 4.0”. It is obvious that this new notion will change classic language assessment practices and bring flexible student-centered applications. As speaking is the most problematic skill to be tested because of some reasons like time limitation and high student numbers in the classrooms, the first aim of this study is to ascertain if technology is used to assess students’ speaking skills. The second goal of the study is, starting from the first point, to find out if teachers need being informed about current and possible future technological improvements. In this regard, a survey is conducted with 511 in-service English teachers. Results show that most of the in-service teachers in Turkey neither grade nor prefer using technology in testing speaking skills. Nearly, forty six percent of the participants put forward some reasons like time limitation, lack of knowhow, or insignificance of technology use to defend themselves. It is obvious that a great deal of effort is needed to inform teachers about 4.0 technology and motivate them to use it in their assessment practices. It is believed that up to date technology courses at faculty education and in-service teacher training activities will be helpful to guide language educators.