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Computers and learner autonomy: trends and issues

Jarvis, HA 2012, Computers and learner autonomy: trends and issues , Working Paper, The British Council, London.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study into the practices and perceptions of Thai and Emerati university students in their use of computer-based materials (CbMs) beyond the classroom, including in Self Access Centres (SACs). Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews in focus groups and one-to-one were utilised to gather information. The data suggests that students made regular and extensive use of a wide range of materials in both their native language and the English language. Students recognised the importance of accessing and transmitting information in the English language. They appeared to make considerable use of CbMs for exposure to and the unconscious acquisition of the English language, particularly beyond a SAC. Where conscious learning of English was reported the role of SACs appears to be highly significant. The paper concludes by proposing that we need to go beyond traditional frameworks of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) for understanding and investigating the role of technology in language pedagogy and that the term mobile assisted language use (MALU) may be more appropriate.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
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 > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Publisher: The British Council
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: ELT Research Papers
ISBN: 978-0-86355-682-1
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Funders: The British Council
Depositing User: HA Jarvis
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 12:57
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:34
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26992

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