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Computers and Independent Study: Student Perspectives

Computers and Independent Study: Student Perspectives
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Author(s): Huw Jarvis (University of Salford-Greater Manchester, UK)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 20
Source title: Handbook of Research on E-Learning Methodologies for Language Acquisition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Rita de Cássia Veiga Marriott (University of Birmingham, UK) and Patricia Lupion Torres (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-994-6.ch023

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Abstract

This chapter reports on a quantitative study that examines how language students make use of an extensive range of computer-based materials (CBMs) in a language resource centre (LRC) and elsewhere for self-study purposes. Students were asked to indicate the extent to which they make use of CBMs in and outside of an LRC and whether such materials help with their language studies. The study suggests that an LRC offers more than the sum of its parts and therefore should not be put under threat on the basis that materials can and are being accessed anywhere and anytime. The data also reveal that many students, particularly Asian students of English as a Second Language (primarily from China), view a wide range of CBMs as helping with their language studies, and it is suggested that the practices and perceptions of these students may offer insights for all language learners and providers.

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