Learner experiences in web-based language learning

Son, Jeong-Bae (2007) Learner experiences in web-based language learning. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 20 (1). pp. 21-36. ISSN 0958-8221


The World Wide Web offers a global database of authentic materials that can enhance language learning and teaching. This article examines the use of the Web for language learning through a study of English as a second language (ESL) learners’ experiences in Web-based language learning (WBLL) activities in an English language intensive course for overseas students (ELICOS) context. It observes ESL learners performing selected activities on the Web and investigates their perceptions and attitudes toward the Web activities. A group of students was guided to utilise the Web to complete two types of Web activities (i.e., pre-created Web activities and task-based Web activities). Data collected demonstrate that the Web is a useful tool and a supplementary resource for learning ESL. The students’ engagement in the suggested activities was observed and their attitudes toward the activities were found to be positive. Further studies are recommended to increase our understanding and knowledge of how WBLL can be best used for specific learners in specific contexts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:55
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: web-based language learning; computer-assisted language learning; learner experiences; English as a second language; web activities
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09588220601118495
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2046

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