EFL Students’ Attitudes towards Blended Learning. Case study: Master one English Students at Abbes Laghrour University

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Abstract Higher education institutions recently have moved from its comfort zone by adopting the blended learning method under some imposed conditions, seeking improvements of the learning quality. In this regard, the current research seeks to find out attitudes towards blended learning among EFL learners in Abess Laghrour university of Khenchela. The study aimed at answering the three formed research questions. To achieve the goals of this study, a quantitative design using descriptive method was employed. Moreover, the study sample consisted of 50 Master One students out of 144 students at the English department who were randomly selected of different ages and genders to respond the distributed questionnaire. The findings affirm that EFL students hold positive attitudes towards blended learning, also it seems as the preferred learning approach even when students are beginners at experiencing it, because of its flexibility, self-directed learning (SDL) and the social interaction. Like most studies, this study encountered a few limitations that should be taken into consideration .The first limitation concerns the lack of previous studies conducted on this approach at university, another issue emerged when administering the questionnaire is that the majority of students were not attending their physical classes. Furthermore, it is limited to the sample and the instrument used in this study. The study concluded with some recommendations, most important of which are the following: stakeholders should make use of learners‘ positive attitude to create a strong inclination of blended learning for the coming years.