ERIC Number: EJ886082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Commonly Taught and Less Commonly Taught Language Learners: Are They Equally Prepared for CALL and Online Language Learning?
Winke, Paula; Goertler, Senta; Amuzie, Grace L.
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v23 n3 p199-219 Jul 2010
In this study, we present the analyses stemming from a survey administered to 2149 foreign language learners at Michigan State University. We had three goals. First, we aimed to compile a profile of language learners' technological acumen, access to and ownership of technology, and the current uses of technology across a wide range of languages being studied. Second, we wanted to investigate whether learners, when grouped by language of study (commonly taught or less-commonly taught), differed in their knowledge, ownership, or uses of technology. Third, we wanted to relate these data to the learners' receptiveness to a proposed increase in the amount of technology used for language instruction. Significant differences in the variables were found in terms of level of academic study and the classification of the language being learned (commonly taught versus less-commonly taught and Roman alphabet versus non-Roman alphabet). These differences reflect the recent discussions on the preparedness of students for increases in computer-assisted language learning and hybrid and distance language classes. (Contains 7 tables and 5 notes.)
Descriptors: Alphabets, Ownership, Orthographic Symbols, Second Language Learning, Educational Technology, English (Second Language), Uncommonly Taught Languages, Computer Assisted Instruction, Surveys, Profiles, Technological Literacy, Second Language Instruction, Romanization, Language Classification, Teaching Methods, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Individual Differences
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan