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ERIC Number: EJ1156651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct-1
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Informal and Deliberate Learning with New Technologies
Trinder, Ruth
ELT Journal, v71 n4 p401-412 Oct 2017
Due to the ready availability of new technologies, opportunities for the incidental as well as deliberate practice of English have multiplied and far exceed what can be done in more formal environments. Yet, despite the sizeable literature on the classroom-based use of specific digital resources, few studies have investigated how students evaluate increased exposure to English in terms of learning potential. This article argues that online informal learning of English deserves more attention, and presents an empirical study surveying Austrian university students' practices and preferences related to new media in independent settings. The participants' perceptions of the usefulness of a range of digital resources for the acquisition of language skills are analysed and juxtaposed with their opinions on in-class use of technology. Results indicate a clear preference for well-established, time-honoured media (film, online dictionaries, email) in self-regulated contexts, as well as diverging opinions on the use of technologies in classroom settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria
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