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A Trip to Australia: Objectives, Design and Students’ Perceptions of a Role-Play Simulation in an English as a Foreign Language Learning Setting PROCEEDINGS

, Universitat Jaume I, Spain ; , Fablusi P/L, Australia

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper reports some of the results of a small-scale empirical study conducted with a sample of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain. It details the learning objectives and design of this simulation, and presents the results of a questionnaire administered to the participants to evaluate attitudinal aspects related to their usage of this instructional technology. The questions this paper addresses have been structured around the following issues: (1) The link between learning objectives and design features of the Trip to Australia online rorelplay simulation; and (2) Students' attitudes towards aspects related to the instructional software used. It concludes by reflecting on the rationale and unique benefits of simulations for Foreign Language Learning (FLL).

Citation

Coll-Garcia, J. & Ip, A. (2008). A Trip to Australia: Objectives, Design and Students’ Perceptions of a Role-Play Simulation in an English as a Foreign Language Learning Setting. In C. Bonk, M. Lee & T. Reynolds (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2008 (pp. 678-683). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).