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ERIC Number: EJ1157795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1927-2677
Blending a Three-Way Technology into a Language Acquisition and Development Course for Pre-Service Teachers
Chien, Chih-Feng; Rad, Zahra Moghadsian
Journal of Curriculum and Teaching, v2 n2 p112-126 2013
This article is to report an action research conducted in two sections of a course called Second Language Acquisition and Development during the fall semester of 2011 and the spring semester of 2012. By focusing on a three-way blended learning (BL) environment--face-to-face (F2F), eLearning, and Second Life (SL, a virtual-world environment), this study attempts to explore students' experiences, perceptions, and reflections on multimedia technology and apply the findings to help improve a second language acquisition course. By conducting 36 interviews totally from two semesters (15 from the first semester and 21 from the second semester) as well as 30 course observations (20 F2F and 10 SL observations), the result of the study suggests students preferred the combination of F2F and eLearning. The study concludes that SL application needs to be reevaluated for a better BL instructional structure in terms of student's skills, training, high-standard hardware equipment, and design of virtual installation in order to effectively integrate it into the course of Second Language Acquisition and Development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas; Pennsylvania; Hong Kong
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