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Exploring how Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) supports English acquisition from the perspectives of international students with Asian

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Short, M and Huang, Z, Exploring how Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) supports English acquisition from the perspectives of international students with Asian, Teaching Matters 2016: Transforming Practice Through Innovation and Partnerships programme, 07 December 2016, Launceston (2016) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) is a widely used pedagogical tool for advancing language learning and teaching. The most dominant use of CALL is to aid language learning, since English is a 'world' language and the most prevalent second language in the world.

The purpose of this research was to gain insights into the advantages and challenges of using CALL in English language teaching and learning from Asian learners' perspectives, and to explore the connection between students' different languages, cultures and learning backgrounds and the way they utilise CALL when learning English.

Qualitative data were obtained from an online anonymous questionnaire. Twenty participants were recruited from level 7 and 6 students in the English Language Centre (ELC) of a regional Australian University. Open coding was the major method of analysis. The findings indicated Asian students generally held a positive attitude toward CALL as it was thought to offer convenience and flexibility for their study. However, there were some challenges for Asian students who utilised in CALL, especially in relation to improve their writing and speaking skills. From the learners' perspective, the opportunities for communication and in time feedback and assistance were inadequate in their CALL experience. In addition, the learners found it hard to motivate themselves to employ CALL. These difficulties may be triggered by Asian students' cultural and educational backgrounds. The students may also have insufficient computer skills, underdeveloped independent learning skills and potentially have low intrinsic motivation. All of these learning skills are critical in effectively employing CALL.

This findings suggested that for the Asian students who are in the process of transition from a traditional teacher centred approach to a student centred approach, more assistance and guidelines are needed for them to gradually develop their computer skills, independent learning skills and self-motivational skills to benefit from using CALL.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Computer assisted language learning; international students; English language teaching
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other Education
Research Field:Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Author:Short, M (Dr Megan Short)
Author:Huang, Z (Ms Zhao Huang)
ID Code:114490
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-16
Last Modified:2017-02-28
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