Exploring Qualities that Prevent EFL Teachers from Redundancy



Online teaching and learning, mobile technology, teachers’ roles, redundancy


The practice of English language teaching has dramatically changed with the existence of Internet-based learning platforms. The educational technology provides EFL students with a variety of language learning materials that can be accessed at any time and anywhere. These phenomena might threaten the teacher's existence. Thus, this study aims to figure out whether or not EFL teachers’ roles can be replaced by technology and to explore what qualities they should possess and maintain to prevent them from redundancy due to the domination of mobile-based language learning applications. A mix-method design was utilized to obtain the quantitative data through an online survey and qualitative data through an open-ended question. 199 EFL learners participated in the online survey, which consisted of a yes/no question on whether teachers could be replaced by mobile apps and an open-ended question to record the reasons. The findings showed that 132 students (66.3%) thought that teachers could not be replaced by mobile technology; meanwhile, around one-third of the respondents, 67 students (33.7%) had the opposing thought. The students still require human interaction, a sense of emotion, and delivery over the mobile tech features that could provide availability, flexibility, and practicality. It is highly recommended that English teachers maintain their humane qualities while keep adapting to technology to save themselves from redundancy.

Author Biographies

I Dewa Gede Rat Dwiyana Putra, Universitas Hindu Negeri I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa Denpasar

I Dewa Gede Rat Dwiyana Putra is a faculty member of the English Language Education Department of Universitas Hindu Negeri I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. He earned his Doctoral Degree in English Language Education from Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia. His research interest includes ICT and writing.

Sayit Abdul Karim, Universitas Teknologi Yogyakarta

Sayit Abdul Karim is a faculty member of the English Education Department of Universitas Teknologi Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He received his master’s from Universitas Negeri Semarang, and Ph.D. from Universitas Negeri Malang. He was a visiting scholar at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. His research interests mainly focus on TEFL, Teacher Professional Development, Sociolinguistics, and English for Specific Purposes.

Iswandany Kaslan, Universitas Islam Negeri Sulthan Thaha Saifuddin Jambi

Iswandany Kaslan is a faculty member of English Education Study Program, the Graduate School of the State Islamic University of Sulthan Thaha Saifuddin, Jambi. He earned his Doctor degree from Malang State University, Malang, East Java, Indonesia. His research interests include the areas of Language Proficiency and Curriculum Development.


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How to Cite

Dwiyana Putra, I. D. G. R., Karim, S. A., & Kaslan, I. (2023). Exploring Qualities that Prevent EFL Teachers from Redundancy. Register Journal, 16(1). Retrieved from https://ejournal.uinsalatiga.ac.id/index.php/register/article/view/87