ERIC Number: ED392252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Unexpected Rewards of a Networked ESL Community: Or the Confessions of a Convert to the Linked-Computer Classroom.
A college teacher of both freshman English and English as a Second Language (ESL) recounts the addition of computer networking to her ESL classroom and its effects on student attitudes and performance. When computerized instruction and networking capabilities, already used in freshman composition, were added to the ESL class, a variety of expected and unanticipated changes in classroom communication and student attitudes were evident: appreciation of the trust associated with access to computers; increased student pride in work products; optimism about learning computer use; improved communication between students by overcoming pronunciation and comprehension difficulties; a cooperative atmosphere for learning from errors; and comparatively better learning processes in later classes. In addition, the positioning of the teacher's computer in the middle of the classroom established her position as an interactive collaborator. It is concluded that the networked computers helped create a better learning environment for these students. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, College Students, Communication Problems, Computer Assisted Instruction, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Interpersonal Communication, Personal Narratives, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of a Conference on College Composition and Communication (46th, Washington, DC, March 23-25, 1995).