ERIC Number: EJ980359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Learning Effects of an Experimental EFL Program in Second Life
Wang, Charles Xiaoxue; Calandra, Brendan; Hibbard, Susan T.; McDowell Lefaiver, Mary L.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v60 n5 p943-961 Oct 2012
This paper reports on the effects an experimental English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program in Second Life (SL) had on Chinese student EFL learning. The study took an evaluative approach using quasi-experimental design with participants from one Chinese university and one American university in the southeastern United States. Results indicated significant main effects between a control group and the SL group on EFL measures, as well as significant gains in total score and several subcomponents between pre-test and post test. Further analysis using a post study survey, students' blog posting, and interview transcripts revealed that the SL_EFL Program had a positive impact on students' EFL learning.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Programs, Computer Simulation, Internet, Second Language Learning, Electronic Learning, Pretests Posttests, College Students, Student Surveys, Interviews, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Program Effectiveness, Quasiexperimental Design, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: China