Exploring ESL Learners’ Blended Learning Experiences and Its’ Effectiveness on 21st Century Skills

Sangeeth Ramalingam

Abstract


The inability to gain employment among graduates became a critical issue both in global and local contexts. Findings from the previous studies identified a lack of 21st century skills among the graduates as one of the significant reasons for their incapability of getting hired by industrial employers. It is undoubtedly essential for the higher learning institutions to ensure graduates are well equipped with the 21st century skills needed by the industries other than subject knowledge. This present research proposed blended learning, an integration of face-to-face approach and online learning approach to improve students’ 21st century skills. Thus, this study aimed to examine ESL learners’ blended learning experiences and its effectiveness on 21st-century skills. Qualitative data were collected through phone call interviews with the participants. Working with a sample of bachelor’s degree students at a tertiary institution revealed the participants’ blended learning experience exceptionally improved their 21st-century skills in various ways. The result of this study would add to the body of knowledge in the field of education especially in the pedagogical aspects of blended language learning in Malaysian tertiary institutions



DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijere.v10i4.21465

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