A Look at the Research on Computer-Based Technology Use in Second Language Learning in Taiwan

A Look at the Research on Computer-Based Technology Use in Second Language Learning in Taiwan

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A Look at the Research on Computer-Based Technology Use in Second Language Learning in Taiwan Pei-Lin Liu Department of Foreign Languages National Chia-Yi University Taiwan peilin@mail.ncyu.edu.tw Chen, Chiu-Jung Department of Information Management National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology alexch50@ccms.nkfust.edu.tw Abstract: This article reviews the literature on computer-based technology uses in second language learning in Taiwan. The goal of this review is to explore research evidence to understand how computers have been used to support second language learning. This study chose content analysis as the primary vehicles for determining trends of computer technology uses in English learning in Taiwan. The primary data source was from refereed print-based journals, doctoral dissertations, master's theses, and conference proceedings. As a result, a total of 13 journals and 117 articles published in Taiwan were selected for this review. The researcher sorted articles into four categories: listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduction Given a breadth of what may go on in computer-assisted language learning (CALL), a definition of CALL that accommodates its changing nature is “any process in which a learner uses a computer and, as a result, improves his or her language” (Beatty, 2003, p.7). A variety of approaches to the development and use of CALL have been attempted since computers have been utilized for language learning and teaching. In the last four decades, CALL materials have gone from an emphasis on basic textual gap-filling tasks and simple programming exercise to interactive multimedia presentation with film, radio, television, language labs with audio/video tapes, computers, and interactive video (Cunningham, 1998; Davies, 2005; Iandoli, 1990; Murray, 1995; Papert, 1984). Today, the use of multimedia, the Internet, and various forms of web-based learning are wide spread. Interest in using the Internet as tools to support language learning is growing, both from the perspective of a language educator and that of a language learner (Graham, Lee, Liu, & Moore, 2002). CALL is alive and well in Taiwan as evidenced by the number of undergraduate courses offered (e.g., National Taiwan University, National Teacher Normal University, National Chengchi University, National Central University, etc.), two professional organizations (e.g., ROC Multimedia English Studies Association, Asia-Pacific Association for Multimedia-Assisted Language Learning), a number of E-learning websites (e.g., Ivy League Analytical English, EZ Talk, Studio Classroom, English Digest, National Central University English Learning Database, Ladder Digital Education). Given the strong interest in the potential of computer technology for language learning, it is important to examine how computers have been used to support second and foreign language learning in the past. Therefore, the task of the study was to review the literature on computer uses in second language learning
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A Look at the Research on Computer-Based Technology Use in Second Language Learning in Taiwan

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