Computers in ESL Education Term Paper by Nicky

An in-depth discussion on the benefits of computer-supported learning in ESL writing classes.
# 145804 | 2,364 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2010 in Education (Education and Computers) , Education (ESL)

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The paper discusses how computer technology greatly expands the range of opportunities to practice language skills and contributes to learning authenticity. The paper shows how even standard computer applications offer many benefits for ESL education, while the peer-to-peer communications capabilities of computer systems present a useful mechanism to encourage interaction between classmates. In addition, the paper discusses how computer technology effectively simulates target language exposure and allows ESL course designers to incorporate presentations and exercises that approximate real-world learning mechanisms. The paper concludes that ESL educational programs may be on the verge of their greatest breakthrough made possible by computer technology.

Computer Enhancement of Authenticity in Collaborative ESL Writing
Standard Computer Applications as ESL Education Tools
Computer Network and Internet Connectivity as a
Peer-to-Peer and Instructor-to-Student Communications Medium
Computer Network and Internet Connectivity and Target Language Exposure
Second Language Acquisition Theory and Computer Technology in ESL Course Design

From the Paper:

"In general, the concept of authenticity in learning refers to the connection between learning from formal instruction and the genuine application of knowledge (Barton, McKellar, & Maharg, 2005). With respect to linguistic education and second language acquisition, negotiating authenticity is crucial precisely because the relative ineffectiveness of traditional methods of second-language instruction in comparison to interactive learning has been well established. The "correspondence" of learning and real-world application was recognized as early as 1916 by John Dewey (Barton, McKellar, & Maharg, 2005)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barton, K., McKellar, P., Maharg, P. (2005). "Authenticity in Learning: Transactional Learning in Virtual Communities." 2005 UCLA/IALS Clinical Conference.
  • Sabuur Abdul-Kareem, R. (1999). "An Ethnographic Study of an ESL pre-MBA Case Study Classroom: The Process of Conceptualizing and Defining Authenticity by Learners and Instructors." Electronic Doctoral Dissertations for University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Paper AAI9932280. Retrieved February 3, 2009, from:

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