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Computer-based materials: a study of learner autonomy and strategies

Jarvis, HA and Figura, KA 2007, 'Computer-based materials: a study of learner autonomy and strategies' , System, 35 (4) , pp. 448-468.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study which examines the extent to which specified cognitive, social, and metacognitive strategies, are used by language students when working with computer-based materials (CBMs), in self-study contexts outside of the language classroom; particularly in a self-access centre (SAC). Data were collected using questionnaires, interviews and snap-shot observations from English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students enrolled on a summer course at a British Higher Education Institution (HEI). The data identify the frequency with which students use a SAC and the value they attach to computers for language learning. The data then examine the types of strategies students use and the extent to which learner autonomy is being fostered. The vast majority of participants were found to have positive attitudes towards computer-based material (CBMs) and language learning despite frequent use of L1, furthermore they were found to use cognitive strategies and to apply metacognitive awareness in their use of such CBMs. Students believed CBMs assisted with learning and demonstrated conscious applications of a range of strategies while learning in an electronic environment. However, the study also found that less than half the students used social strategies in the target language and this raises a number of issues.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PB Modern languages. Celtic languages > PB0001 Modern languages
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: System
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0346-251X
Depositing User: HA Jarvis
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2010 13:41
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:36
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/11269

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