Learners' engagement with internet materials : an action research study into the use of internet materials with EFL learners in a Syrian context
Shamsini, Iman (2012) Learners' engagement with internet materials : an action research study into the use of internet materials with EFL learners in a Syrian context. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis reports on two action research cycles conducted in the English Department of the Higher Language Institute at Tishreen University, Syria. With the problem of global coursebooks that are pre-determined for learners, the aim of this action research was to use supplementary internet materials that could better meet learners‘ personal needs and interests in the context. In the first cycle, the plan was to get learners live access internet materials within the Tishreen Higher Language Institute. However, technical problems were experienced. They necessitated developing appropriate internet methodology for using internet materials in the context. In the second cycle, the internet was accessed via outside computers to bring supplementary materials to the language classroom. Both the appropriateness and the effectiveness of using supplementary internet materials were investigated. Qualitative methods of data collection and analysis were used. The action research process of developing context-appropriate methodology was found to be supportive of learners‘ engagement. Using internet materials appropriately created the conditions for learners‘ behavioural, cognitive, affective, and social engagement with internet materials.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > PE English
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||English language -- Study and teaching -- Arabic speakers, English language -- Study and teaching -- Syria, Internet in education -- Syria, Nonbook materials, Computer-assisted instruction, Teaching -- Aids and devices|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Mann, Steve ; Richards, Keith, 1952-|
|Extent:||ix, 329 leaves : ill.|
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