Global Connections: Using Technology to Teach a Second Language

By Saiwaroon Chumpavan, Michael Lorber, Adel Al-Bataineh and Majedah Abu Al-Rub.

Published by The Learner Collection

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This study investigated differences in English proficiency between university-level Thai students who participated in e-mail exchanges and those who did not. Those who participated in e-mail exchanges were subdivided into two groups, one group paired with American students majoring in English, and a second group paired with non-English majors. In a pretest–posttest design, Thai students’ gender, level of computer experience, and scores on the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (ITP) were compared. In addition, relationships were investigated between students’ high school GPAs and their TOEFL ITP scores, as well as between their opinions on the value of e-mail exchanges and their level of computer skill. Students participating in e-mail exchanges scored higher on the TOEFL ITP than those who did not. Additionally, female students scored higher than male students, and students with more computer experience scored higher than those with lower computer skills. Students’ test scores were not significantly affected by whether they were paired with English majors. However, a positive relationship was found between students’ high school GPAs and their TOEFL ITP scores. In a follow-up survey, most students in the e-mail group indicated that the e-mail exchanges helped them improve their English proficiency. They found the exchanges enjoyable, and some indicated a willingness to continue the exchanges after the course was over.

Keywords: Learning English as a Second Language, Technology Integration, e-Mail

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp.133-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 671.104KB).

Dr. Saiwaroon Chumpavan

Assistant Professor of English Lngauge, English Language Department, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Sao Chingcha, Bangkok Thailand, Thailand

Dr. Saiwaroon Chumpavan is a professor of English as a second language at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand. She is a graduate of Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois. Her expertise focuses on enhancing Thai students learning of English as second language. She published several papers in the area of ESL. In addition, she is interested in assessing the language skills of ESL teachers in Thailand.

Michael Lorber

Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA

Dr. Michael Lorber is a professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University. His research interest focuses on alternative certification processes, effective instruction, the integration of technology in instruction. He published several articles and books and book chapters in the area of preservice teacher education with an emphasis on secondary education.

Dr. Adel Al-Bataineh

Associate Professor of Education, College of Education, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA

Dr. Adel T. AL-Bataineh is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University. His research agenda focuses on topics that deal with teacher preparation both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In specific, he published several studies in the areas of teacher preparation, standards and alternative schooling movements, technology in education and on-line teaching, clinical experiences, and professional development schools. Also, he conducted some studies in the area of international and comparative educational systems.

Majedah Abu Al-Rub

Instructor of Elementary Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan

Ms. Majedah Abu Al-Rub is an Instructor of Elementary Education in the College of Education at Yarmouk University. Her research agenda focuses on topics that deal with collaborative education and its role in improving learning and the instructional environment. Moreover, she published several studies in the areas of induction and mentoring, technology in education and on-line teaching, clinical experiences. Also, she conducted some studies in the area of international and comparative educational systems, with an emphasis on the educational reforms in Jordan.

Reviews:

There are currently no reviews of this product.

Write a Review