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Exploring EFL Taiwanese University Students’ Perceptions of a Collaborative CALL Environment

  • Yen-Hui Wang
  • Chia-Nan Wang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6421)

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the perceptions of EFL Taiwanese university students on a collaborative CALL environment. The participants were 112 intermediate proficiency English as a foreign language Taiwanese third-year university students. The dataset used included the pre-and post-questionnaires on participants’ perspectives on the CALL environment. In addition, interview data was collected for more in-depth information on individual participants’ perceived views on such a collaborative e-learning program. The results of the study provided encouraging evidence to show that the participants generally perceived that they benefited from the whole process of a collaborative computer assisted language learning program to have positive perspectives on the implemented CALL course itself, to advance their English linguistic knowledge, to construct associated content knowledge, and to foster their affective attitudes towards learning language via a collaborative CALL environment. The findings suggested the need for Taiwanese language teachers, course writers, curriculum planners, policy makers, and educational authorities to consider integrating CALL components into English language lessons to help Taiwanese students improve language competence, gain content knowledge, develop cooperative learning, and strengthen motivation for EFL learning.

Keywords

EFL (English as a Foreign Language) CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) perceptions of a collaborative CALL environment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yen-Hui Wang
    • 1
  • Chia-Nan Wang
    • 2
  1. 1.Kainan UniversityTaiwan
  2. 2.National Kaohsiung University of Applied SciencesTaiwan

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