Overcoming Challenges of Teaching Large Group Language Classes at University Through Computer Aided Language Learning

  • Neelakshi Chandrasena PremawardhenaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1135)


With ever increasing demand for competence in foreign languages the number of students selecting a language as one of the main subjects at undergraduate level has dramatically increased over the last decade. The Department of Modern Languages of University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka offers German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean as main subjects for the Bachelors’ Degree. The current student population of the department exceeds 1500 with more demand for languages that do not require prior knowledge i.e. German, Chinese and Korean. Among main challenges faced by the teaching staff are imparting expected competencies within the limited number of hours allocated for language teaching, lack of appropriate classrooms to accommodate large groups of learners, monitoring student progress and evaluation of language skills as well as administering of oral and aural tests. This paper presents results of a study on the first-year students of German as a Foreign Language to overcome the challenges of teaching large classes of students by integrating Computer Aided Language Learning.


Computer Aided Language Learning Large group language classes Teaching German as a Foreign Language 


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  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of KelaniyaKelaniyaSri Lanka

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