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Title: Teaching EFL Children Decoding through Web-based Instruction: Students’ Performance, Attitudes, and the Teacher’s Role
Authors: Chang, Shan-Mao;Huang C. C.
Contributors: 英語學系
Keywords: Computer assisted language learning;Web-based instruction;English decoding;English learning attitudes;English as a foreign language
Date: 2012-04
Issue Date: 2013-05-06T02:21:36Z
Publisher: 中國文化大學英國語文學系
Abstract: The present study investigated the relative effects of three different types of instruction on students' phonics decoding performance and attitudes toward learning English: teacher-directed web-based instruction (TDWBI), student-controlled web-based instruction (SCWBI), and traditional classroom instruction without WBI (TCI). Eighty five fourth graders participated in the study and were divided into three different groups. The two WBI groups (TDWBI/SCWBI groups) learned decoding at a computer lab using the Learn to Read program from the Starfall website (www.starfall.com). The TCI group was taught in an ordinary classroom by a teacher using photocopied materials adopted from the Learn to Read program. Phonics decoding performance and attitudes toward learning English were measured before and after instruction. Student decoding performance was scored by two raters. Students' attitudinal responses were collected through a questionnaire whose validity was evaluated using confirmatory factor analysis. The paired-samples t-test and ANCOVA were used to analyze the data. It was found that the TDWBI group outperformed the other two groups in the decoding tests at the end of the study, highlighting the importance of the teacher's role in web-based instruction. However, the SCWBI group demonstrated the most positive attitude toward decoding instruction, suggesting that the students preferred operating the on-line program on their own.
Relation: Hwa Kang English Journal, 18(1): 25-50
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