Implementing computer-assisted language learning in the EFL classroom: teachers' perceptions and perspectives

Park, Chan Nim and Son, Jeong-Bae (2009) Implementing computer-assisted language learning in the EFL classroom: teachers' perceptions and perspectives. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 5 (2). pp. 80-101.

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The aims of the study reported in this article are to investigate factors affecting English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers’ use of computers in their classrooms and to find out EFL teachers’ perceptions of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and ways to improve CALL practice in school settings. Participants in the study were twelve Korean in-service teachers of EFL working at secondary schools in Korea. A questionnaire and follow-up in-depth interviews were employed to collect data. The results of the study indicate that the teachers have positive and favourable attitudes toward the use of the computers. They consider computer technology as a useful teaching tool that can enhance ways of teaching by offering students a variety of language inputs and expanding students’ learning experiences in real and authentic contexts. It is also reported that external factors such as lack of time, insufficient computer facilities, rigid school curricula and textbooks and lack of administrative support negatively influence the implementation of CALL in the classroom. Internal factors such as teachers’ limited computer skills, knowledge about computers and beliefs and perceptions of CALL also seem to significantly affect teachers’ decisions on the use of CALL. Based on the findings of the study, implications are made for the effective implementation of CALL in EFL contexts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010 02:31
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2014 21:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer-assisted language learning; english as a foreign language; language teachers
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 > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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