Learning about computer-assisted language learning: online tools and professional development

Son, Jeong-Bae (2014) Learning about computer-assisted language learning: online tools and professional development. In: Computer-assisted language learning: learners, teachers and tools. Asia-Pacific Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (3). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 173-186. ISBN 978-1-4438-6056-7

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Abstract

The study reported in this chapter investigates computer-assisted language learning (CALL) practitioners' use of online tools and ways of developing their professionalism in the field of CALL. Participants in the study were members of an international association for CALL. They were invited to complete an online questionnaire on a voluntary basis. The questionnaire was employed to collect the participants' demographic information and self-reported data on the use of online tools. It also asked the participants to indicate how they keep up to date with what is happening in CALL. The results of the study indicate that the participants use web search engines, communication tools and social networking sites most frequently among twelve categorised online tools while most participants consider themselves as good or excellent users of the Internet. Many participants often read journal articles or books, read email list messages or connect with others in social networks to learn about new developments in CALL. They also regularly search the web and collect information from blog posts or email list messages. Findings contribute to our understanding of CALL practitioners' experiences with online tools and professional development activities and provide recommendations for teacher training for CALL.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. © 2014 Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 02:43
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2017 04:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer-assisted language learning; online tools; professional development; Internet literacy; teacher training
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25916

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