Student Engagement in Online Language Learning: A Case Study Examining the Online Delivery of Tertiary Language Courses

By Kayo Nakazawa.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Since information communication technology has became broadly and easily available to the general public over the past decade, more and more educational institutions are offering online delivery of courses. The flexibility available with regard to time and place of study is the key attraction of online delivery, enabling a more diverse cohort of students to study university courses. It has been observed, however, that student retention rates and levels of engagement in courses are comparatively lower for online courses than for the same courses offered face-to-face. This study examines the pedagogical tools available for online delivery, such as discussion boards, voice recording tools, online quizzes and the recording of face-to-face classes on campus. The data for this case study is obtained from student comments taken from course evaluation surveys and individual student performances. It reveals how these on-line delivery tools are perceived by students and regarded as effective supporting tools for keeping them motivated and engaged in learning, as well as enabling them to feel like part of the learning community.

Keywords: Online Learning, Language Learning, Distance Learning, Foreign Language, Student Engagement, Motivation

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp.405-414. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.255MB).

Kayo Nakazawa

Associate Lecturer, Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW, Australia

My major research interests are second language acquisition, computer assisted language learning, Japanese as foreign language acquisition, autonomous learning, task based teaching and kanji acquisition. I have been involved as a co-authour development and implementation of Kantaro (CD-Rom for Kanji learning), Gengoro (CD-Rom for beginner level Japanese language), and WebCT content. I did investigation and study mainly in five areas; mechanism in second language learning, task study in second language learning, kanji acquisition in Japanese, use of technology to facilitate kanji learning, use of technology to improve distance education. In 2005 and 2006, I was involved in the project,“Whole Curriculum Approach to ICT Supported Teaching and Learning” trial conducted in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University.

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