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This paper evaluates and reviews literature on computer-based materials and how they are used by language learners. Various articles are quoted and examined which describe how students use and can better use computer materials for language learning. The role of teachers in providing assistance with computer materials is also considered. Learner autonomy is defined, and this concept is further described in the paper. The paper concludes by quoting a study that shows that in language learning, the focus is shifting from the teachers to the students, and computer based materials are a large part of this new direction.
From the Paper:"...The study reported is one that examined the extent that language students utilized certain cognitive, metacognitive and social strategies when learning with computer-based materials (CBMs) in what is a self-study outside of the language classroom and specifically in the form of a self-access center (SAC). The study reports the collection of data through use of questionnaires, interviews and snap shot observations from students enrolled in English as a Foreign Language) course at a British Higher Education Institution (HEI). Findings show that the largest majority of students expressed positive opinions of the use of CBMs in language instruction even when L1 was frequently used and cognitive strategies were identified as well as application of metacognitive awareness using CBMs. Students held that CBMs enabled learning and that they possessed a range of strategies for learning using the CBMs. Social strategies were found to be lacking however in the target language..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bouchard, Paul (2003) Four Dimensions of Learner Autonomy. Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education - Online Proceedings 2003. Online available at: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/CASAE/cnf2003/2003_papers/paulbouchard-2CAS03eng.pdf. Accessed March 25, 2009.
- Klopfenstein, Barbara J. (2003) Empowering Learners: Strategies for Fostering Self-Directed Learning and Implications for Online Learning.
- Pu, Y., Huang, H., Zhao, C. & Ren, l. (2006). Experimenting web-based and resource-driven learning in English classroom. Retrieved October 19, 2006, from 2006 International Symposium of Computer Assisted Language Learning Web site: http://call2006.fltrp.com/PPT/4/E-4%20Pu%20Yan.ppt.
- Wu, Yanpink and Cao, Xueqing (2004) Developing Learner Autonomy for Vocabulary Learning. Oct. 2004. Vol.1 No.10 (Serial No.10) Sino-US English Teaching. ISSN1539-8072 USA.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
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