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A case study: students'attitudes towards computer assisted learning, computer assisted language learning and foreign language learning

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2010
Tunçok, Bezen
Being one of the most epoch making invention of the 21st century, computers have fundamentally altered every aspect of people’s lives, including the education domain. Thus, for decades, computer-assisted language learning has received considerable amount of attention among researchers and language teachers by serving interactive, multi-sensory, and autonomous learning opportunities. In this respect, innumerable large or small-scale projects blazed a trail for other teachers to follow. The present study, therefore, is primarily concerned with the students’ attitudes towards computer-assisted language learning. Its main purpose is to investigate what the students’ attitudes are towards computer- assisted language learning (CALL) by also taking their attitude towards computer assisted learning (CAL) and foreign language learning (FLL) into consideration. Finally, factors affecting students’ attitudes and the relationships among computer assisted learning, computer assisted language learning and foreign language learning are also explored within the scope of the study. The findings demonstrate that most of the students have positive attitudes towards computer assisted learning, computer assisted language learning and foreign language learning. Age, grade, gender, years of studying English and prior CALL experience affect students’ attitudes. Moreover, students attitudes towards computer assisted language learning, computer- assisted language learning, and foreign language learning are, indeed, interrelated.