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ERIC Number: ED545477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-5
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
The Integration of Technology and Language Instruction to Enhance EFL Learning
Marek, Michael W.
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There is much research in the scholarly literature about using technology to support language learning, and particularly English as a Foreign Language, but the technology is rarely integrated into the curriculum, largely because the research is the product of the pressure on faculty to publish. The author explores curriculum integration, based on Dörnyei (2014) who called for CALL educational programs to employ holistic instructional designs that are based on long-term instructional outcome goals; Colpaert (2012) who suggested that rather than studying the "differences" that result from the use or non-use of a particular technology, researchers should better work to understand the "affordances" provided by the technology to understand the ability that the technology provides to enhance an overall instructional design; and Kennedy and Levy (2009) who spoke disparagingly of what they called "one-off" projects that do not stand the test of time and advocated that technology choices should be long-term projects as opposed to short-term tests, hence the term sustainable design. The author concludes that EFL scholars need a new perspective in which student outcomes are the most important criteria in choosing technology, and that in order to broadly understand the affordances provided by various kind of technology, extensive meta-analysis of past studies is urgently needed. The corollary to this need is that a scholarly culture is needed in which reporting failure is just as important as reporting success because in this way, we help others to learn from the problems arising in our own studies so that they can improve their own research designs and NOT repeat designs that performed inadequately. Conclusions and recommendations are provided. [This document is a revised version of a keynote address given at the Technology-Enhanced Language Learners Special Interest Group (TELL-SIG) Conference, Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan on 5 June 2014.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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