Kia Heirati, Javad*
University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran (Javad.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ahmadi Alashti, Leila
Semnan University, Semnan, Iran (Leila.Ahmadi1987@gmail.com)
This study was an attempt to explore and compare the attitudes of Iranian English teachers and learners toward using the Internet for language learning. Another aim of the study was to show whether there was any significant difference between males and females’ attitudes toward using the Internet. To fulfill this purpose, 100 language teachers (male and female) and 100 language learners (male and female) studying English at Jihad Daneshgahi and Safir short-term Education Center in Semnan and Shokoh and ILI (international language institute) short-time educations in Ghaemshahr were selected as desired participants. Instruments used in this study were Teachers’ Attitude toward Internet for Language Learning Questionnaire and Learners’ Attitude toward Internet for Language Learning Questionnaire. After obtaining the raw data, SPSS software (version 20) was used to change the data into numerical interpretable information. An Independent-sample T-test was used to compare the results of the two independent groups of males and females. The findings demonstrated that most of the participants (teachers and learners) had positive attitudes towards using the Internet for language learning. Moreover, according to the results of T-test, there was no difference between learners and teachers’ attitudes toward the use of the Internet for language learning. It was highlighted that both teachers and learners can benefit from the application of Internet as a tool in paving the way for the language learning process.
Keywords: teachers’ attitudes; students’ attitudes; internet use; internet attitude