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Low-Achieving Students’ Perceptions of Online Language Learning: A Case of English Proficiency Threshold

  • Ai-Ling Wang
  • Yuh-Chang Lin
  • Shu-Fen Chang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8523)

Abstract

This study aims at exploring how low-achieving EFL learners perceive and make use of the instructional web site to fulfill part of the requirements for a college degree. Participants were college students who did not pass the threshold of the required level of English proficiency set by the college.

Online Tutorial English was a one-semester course offered for the above-mentioned students; they did not come to the class for onsite instruction except for the weeks before the mid-term and final exam. Students were provided with weekly reading articles and were required to do assignments online. At the end of the semester, students were asked to fill out a questionnaire and some students volunteered for an interview.

The researchers analyzed the qualitative data, using Grounded Theory Method. Findings of the study showed that low-achieving EFL learners could not really be motivated to learn and that the primary aim for those students to learn English as a foreign language was to pass the course and get their college diploma.

Keywords

English proficiency threshold online language learning lowachieving language learners remedial English course 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ai-Ling Wang
    • 1
  • Yuh-Chang Lin
    • 2
  • Shu-Fen Chang
    • 3
  1. 1.English DepartmentT amkang UniversityNew Taipei CityTaiwan
  2. 2.Center for General EducationAletheia UniversityNew Taipei CityTaiwan
  3. 3.Kang-Ning Junior College of Medical Care and ManagementTaipeiTaiwan

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