Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Alex Silverman


This paper explores the ways that technology, specifically the use of laptop computers and cellular phones, may be incorporated in the EFL classroom to enhance learning and lower the affective filter of male Saudi Arabian university students.

Saudi Arabia presents the EFL teacher with many challenges that are unique to this gender-segregated Islamic kingdom. Meeting these challenges and turning them into learning opportunities that other EFL teachers may find useful within their teaching contexts is the purpose of this paper.

The appendix includes a writing rubric and a 40-day materials introduction calendar. The calendar illustrates the day-by-day introduction of material into the classroom. The calendar follows the eight-week, 40-day, analysis contained within the best practices section of this paper.


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Higher Education and Teaching | International and Comparative Education