ERIC Number: ED403877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
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Learning English Electronically: Formative Evaluation in ESL Software.
Schnackenberg, Heidi L.
Learning English Electronically (LEE), a computer software package designed for adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students enrolled in intermediate level community college ESL classes, was evaluated at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona to assess student and teacher attitudes toward the program. LEE consists of 43 lessons emphasizing grammar concepts and accurate sentence structure, and covering topics such as employment, food, health, school, and transportation. Evaluation data were collected through student and teacher surveys, interviews, student test scores, and evaluator observations. Both students and teachers expressed very positive attitudes about LEE. Strengths of the program identified by teachers were the additional grammar practice available, the self-paced and non-threatening nature of the program, the inclusion of sound in the program, and the grammar topics being presented with content topics. Students enjoyed using the program, felt it helped them learn, and liked having teacher supervision while using the program individually. Students and teachers alike found that a weakness of the program was the slow response time of the computer in executing commands. Additional weaknesses included difficultly using the mouse, starting and ending the program, and printing. Recommendations for improvement, survey responses from teachers and students, end of module test scores, and evaluator observations are included. (SWC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware, English (Second Language), Grammar, Interviews, Language Skills, Learner Controlled Instruction, Observation, Programmed Instructional Materials, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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