Computers in second language (L2) composition classrooms
Gloria Ester Ulloa-Caceres, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, United States
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale . Awarded
As education incorporated technology into classroom pedagogy, second language writing instruction experimented with computers in the teaching of writing in English as a second language. Though abundant, the research has yet to address second language students' perception of the use of computers in the writing instruction. This descriptive study examines the views of 15 students who took Linguistics 101, a first semester composition course for second language learners, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Data was collected through pre- and post-diagnostic essays, surveys, and interviews. At the beginning of the Fall 2006 semester, students did not show much interest in the presence or use of computers in the writing classroom; at the end of the academic term, students not only had a positive attitude toward computers, but also were able to perceive that the computer could benefit learners in the process of becoming better writers. Furthermore, the study presents pedagogical practices that can be used in the classroom to enhance the use of computers in the teaching of writing in the second language.
Chapter One introduces the research problem and the rationale for this type of study. Chapter Two provides a historical background of the writing instruction and research in English as a second language as well as an overview of the impact computers have had on the teaching of L2 writing. Chapter Three describes the methodology of the study. Chapters Four and Five respectively provide the results and analysis of the study. Chapter Six addresses the limitations and conclusions of this study plus offers recommendation for future research. The appendices provide copies of the materials used to collect data, of students' pre- and post-diagnostic essays, the scoring rubrics, and a collection of activities for the computer classroom.
Ulloa-Caceres, G.E. Computers in second language (L2) composition classrooms. Ph.D. thesis, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
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