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Title:The effectiveness of computer-assisted language learning in ESL classrooms at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Author(s):Hussin, Supyan B.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Walker, Jerry L.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Language and Literature
Education, Technology of
Abstract:The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to examine the kinds of strategies that ESL learners used when dealing with CALL exercises, the types of CALL exercises and the subject areas that are perceived to be helpful to learners, and (2) to determine what differences, if any, existed in the use of strategies between low- and high-proficiency learners, and their perceptions of the relative helpfulness of the types of exercises and subject areas presented in CALL programs.
The sample population consisted of undergraduate students enrolled in ESL classrooms at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Two sets of questionnaires were administered for data collection in addition to the researcher's direct observation of learners' behaviors in the computer lab. Statistical analyses, which include descriptive, multivariate, and t-tests procedures, were employed for data analysis.
The results of the study indicated that some learners preferred certain strategies over others. Specifically, most learners preferred to study information from the computer and to use on-line help from the computer, and they did not favor skipping and/or quitting while doing CALL exercises. High-proficiency learners used computer-related strategies more often than low-proficiency learners. The study also found that learners perceived CALL to be very helpful when the type of exercises and subject areas matched classroom instruction. When teaching and learning styles are matched, learning occurs most effectively. This is not only true of traditional methods but also of CALL instruction. The findings of this study will help improve CALL instruction and material development at UKM.
Issue Date:1994
Rights Information:Copyright 1994 Hussin, Supyan B.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9416377
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9416377

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