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Task-based authentic learning activities in computer assisted foreign language learning

Ozverir, I. and Herrington, J. (2012) Task-based authentic learning activities in computer assisted foreign language learning. In: 27th Annual Research Forum (Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc) Transforming practice: The value of educational research, 11 August 2012, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Western Australia

Abstract

This presentation will describe research aimed at exploring authentic activities in foreign language education. Research was conducted with pre-university level adult learners at Eastern Mediterranean University in North Cyprus. The learning environment aimed to provide learners with opportunities to learn in context along with experiencing the difficulties of real world activities. In so doing it was aimed to develop robust knowledge in contrast to inert knowledge and achieve genuine authenticity in language education. The study employed design-based research and qualitative research methods such as interviews, observations, teacher journal and focus group discussion. It investigated how language learners engage with and respond to web-based language learning environment incorporating characteristics of authentic activities and in what ways and to what extent students achieve foreign language competency through the use of authentic activities. Moreover, being loyal to the nature of design-based research, how students and teachers view the importance of each of the characteristics of authentic activities in computer assisted foreign language education has also been investigated to test, refine and redefine the characteristics of authentic activities in this research context.

Keywords: EFL, computer assisted language learning, authentic activities

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Conference Website: http://www.waier.org.au/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14590
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