ERIC Number: EJ1089628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Computer-Mediated Online Language Learning Programmes vs. Tailor-Made Teaching Practices at University Level: A Foul Relationship or a Perfect Match?
Brudermann, Cédric A.
Open Learning, v30 n3 p267-281 2015
This paper explores the potential of digital learning environments to address current issues related to individualised instruction and the expansion of educational opportunities in English as a foreign language at university level. To do so, an applied linguistics-centred research endeavour was carried out. This reflection led to the implementation of a twofold device composed of an online English course designed to enable students to submit production tasks (oral and written) and an individualised feedback generation system providing students with tailor-made revision sheets. In order to analyse the potential of this pedagogical device to (i) manage groups of heterogeneous students, (ii) offer "reasonably" time-consuming revision procedures for the teaching staff and (iii) have students achieve institutional objectives (i.e. reach a threshold level in English), an experimental study (2013-2014) was carried out amongst 250 French undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students at University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris). In this study, various sets of data were collected and analysed: students' attendance, satisfaction and performance at the final examination; time spent tutoring those students' online production tasks throughout the year. Cross-references and comparison of the data revealed encouraging results, thus contributing to a discussion on distance solutions for foreign languages and on tailor-made foreign language teaching and learning practices at university level.
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), College Second Language Programs, Electronic Learning, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries, Attendance, Student Satisfaction, Performance, STEM Education, Feedback (Response)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: France (Paris)