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ERIC Number: EJ960094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
Computer-Assisted Learning in British Sign Language
Mertzani, Maria
Sign Language Studies, v12 n1 p119-154 Fall 2011
The fact that language teaching can be operationalized through computer-assisted language learning (CALL) has directed researchers' attention to the learning task, which, in this case, is considered to be the unit that demands analysis of the communicative processes in which the learner is involved while working with CALL. Research focuses on understanding the cognitive and social processes that CALL tasks create, such as the input they provide to learners, the interactions they offer, and the opportunities they provide to learners to produce the language. This study investigated the use of CALL, specifically SignLab, in the teaching and learning of British Sign Language (BSL). The primary research objective was to identify how students and teaching assistants used the hardware and software in order to learn and teach BSL, as well as their attitudes toward this technology. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire and interviews with students and teaching assistants with regard to their perceptions of BSL learning and teaching. Classroom observations were also conducted to investigate the actual teaching and learning activity occurring in the SignLab classroom. (Contains 13 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom