The Study of the Computer-assisted English Learning
How does the Computer-assisted enhance the students linguistic abilities.
Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Chung-Shan Medical University
In recent years, with the progress on technology, there are more and more schools
starting to apply the multimedia into English teaching. The multimedia such as video,
audio, even the distance learning, these kinds of way really helps our students to learn
English with more interesting way. Especially in computer-assisted language
learning , it is the main way in university courses. Does the computer-assisted
learning really make students enjoy in their learning process? How is the attitude of
the students who attend the class in the computer laboratory class? What will they
gain from the Web2.0 tools’ assisted tools? The subjects of the study were the first
grade of the Chungshan Medical University students. They will be encouraged using
those Web2.0 tools to comprehend their works and cooperate with other student.
Analysis of data can help us to see the influnce on students
Key words: multimedia ,Computer-assisted ,Web2.0,Englis
1.1 [Setting of computer-assisted]
[Situation] In recent years, with the progress on technology, there have been more and
more schools starting to apply the multimedia into English teaching. The multimedia
such as video, audio, even the distance learning, these kinds of way really have
became major tool to help our students to learn English with more interesting way.
Especially in Computer-assisted learning, it has became the main way in university
courses. [Problem] Does the computer-assisted learning really make students enjoy in
their learning process?
There are four aspects that I am going to study. First, I will try to find out the learning
outcome of applying the computer-assisted method into the English learning. The
second aspect would focus on the relationship between the students’ background and
the learning efficiency. In the third aspect, I will have a compare between the
traditional way and the computer-assisted method to see the learning satiation.
[Solution] In this study outcome, it is believed that it can provide teachers as a
reference to know the performance of students in using the computer-assisted and
arrange a better way to combine the traditional and the newer teaching methods. The
forth aspect concerns that the gender effect in these method.
1.2 [Investigation need in Chungshan Medical Univesity ]
The subjects of the study were the first grade students. They will be classified into
two groups. One will be taught in traditional way without the computer-assisting. The
traditional teaching way would only use the blackboard and the teacher would be the
main host during the whole learning process. Students in these kinds of environment,
they are not encouraged to have their own opinions. All they have to do is keep in
silence and concentrate on listening to what teacher saying and taking notes. The
other one will be taught with computer-assisted method, such as online chatting,
group project, blog writing and peer editing through the internet application. They
encouraged using those Web2.0 tools to comprehend their works and cooperate with
other student. In the beginning, these two groups will asked to take a test being
designed to determine the English performance, and a questionnaire to know the
students English learning background.
1.3 [The purpose of the study]
I focus on utilizing the data to analyze that if there are any difference between the
computer-assisted and the traditional method and compare the different gender to see
their learning outcome. Does the students’ background or gender influence the
learning satisfaction? These are the main topics which I want to understand through
this paper researching.
2.1 The advantage of computer-assisted learning
Computer-assisted learning can help students practice their linguistic skills. For
example, some students can not have a very good pronunciation or reading due to the
lake of good environments. These kind of students can enhance their phonological
ability and get more chance to immerse in a foreign like environment. TORGESEN, T.
A. B. A. J. K. (1995) found that the phonological awarenessskills of those struggling
in their efforts to read can be improved by computer-assisted train. Computer provide
more chance for students to watch item for many times as they want (TORGESEN, T.
A. B. A. J. K. ,1995). Computer based learning practice also can enhance students’
performance on reading and memory. Tsou, et al. (2006) pointed that the students can
recall more content of the story ,generate much more complex sentences ,and better
language proficiency. A validation has been made to point out that the vocabulary
learning through computer-assisted with image can have great dynamic effects and
high complexity on students' reaction and participation (Chang, et al., 2005).
2.2 The disadvantage of computer-assisted learning
However, there are still some studies pointing out that the CALL don’t have much
more contribution in their technical skills. It is found that the lesson in the CALL
laboratory don't bring a lot to the students, because the students already had a very
good commend of computer workings. (Okan, Z,2008)
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