An investigation of the use of CALL by college english teachers : perspectives in a Chinese normal university

Xiong, Xing (2008) An investigation of the use of CALL by college english teachers : perspectives in a Chinese normal university. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Technology innovations have occurred in schools all over the world to accommodate Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). In 2004, a national reform was initiated by the Ministry of Education in China which aimed to improve the teaching of College English curriculum by adopting modern technologies. Since then, Chinese College English teachers have been adapting to CALL. This research project presents a case study of one Chinese university, Huazhong Normal University (HZNU). It investigates how CALL is currently used by the College English teachers and the problems teachers are having in using CALL. This study focuses on teachers’ use of, and perspectives on, CALL. Data were collected by two means: a questionnaire involving 31 respondents, and five in-depth interviews concerning several aspects of the College English teachers’ use of CALL in HZNU. Results showed that even with a broad introduction of modern technologies in College English teaching, most of the teachers in HZNU were using computers in a limited way. Most of them lacked a clear understanding of what CALL is and what CALL can do. As well, the results indicated that the professional development in CALL for College English teachers has been insufficient both in terms of techniques and pedagogies in technology. The study indicates further obstacles to College English teachers’ use of CALL, such as insufficient technical support, heavy workloads and the difficulties adapting to the new teaching mode. The researcher recommends that these identified problems warrant immediate attention and she presents a model to guide the improvement of the use of CALL by College English teachers.

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ID Code: 16645
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Roberts, Alan & Hughes, Hilary
Keywords: CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), China, college english teacher, innovation, investigation, perspective, normal university, technology
Department: Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Xing Xiong
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:07
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:50

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