Exploring the use of CALL in a content-based ESL college course
Evelyn Lugo Morales, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras , United States
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras . Awarded
The purpose of this action research was to explore the use of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in a content-based ESL English course at the College of General Studies in the University of Puerto Rico. The participants were 15 students enrolled in the Basic English course, who scored 450 or less in the College Board Entrance Examination (CEEB).
I explored what happened when students used technology as an integral component of the learning process, principally when ESL students wrote for content, and how they felt when engaged in content-based writing tasks in a technological environment. The action plan focused on a task-based approach. The activities were performed in a computer classroom, using the Internet and Blackboard as the online component.
Ernest Stringer's (1996) action research Interacting Spiral model was used to collect information, through participant observations, informal interview, and reflexive journals which were triangulated by categorizing the emerging themes.
The ultimate goal of the study was to modify and design new CALL activities that appropriately led our students to become confident and successful college students and that the implications led to future research on the use of CALL for the English language learners in Puerto Rico.
Lugo Morales, E. Exploring the use of CALL in a content-based ESL college course. Ph.D. thesis, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.
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