Using Courseware for Teaching and Learning English: Effective or Useless?

By Harwati Hashim and Melor Md. Yunus.

Published by The Learner Collection

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In this age, computers and courseware are becoming essential tools in teaching and learning Various research has shown that these tools have a great impact on the teaching and learning of English. Due to that, this paper aims to investigate the effectiveness of a courseware used in a polytechnic in Malaysia as a learning tool to support students’ learning in terms of language, learning potential, learner fit, meaning focus, authenticity, impact and practicality. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews with four ESL lecturers at the polytechnic. Findings show that that the courseware is effective as a tool to support language learning for its appropriateness in terms of language learning potential, learner fit, meaning focus, authenticity and positive impact. However, in terms of practicality, problems such as time and quality of the computers are seen as the barriers which hinder the successfulness of the use of the courseware in learning the English language.

Keywords: Language Teaching and Learning, Effectiveness, Courseware, ESL Lecturers

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp.193-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 786.592KB).

Harwati Hashim

Lecturer, Department of General Studies, Polytechnic of Merlimau, Melaka, Melaka, Malaysia

Harwati Hashim is a lecturer in the Department of General Studies at the Polytechnic of Merlimau, Melaka. She holds an M.Ed in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the National University of Malaysia and she obtained her B.Ed (TESL) from the University of Malaya. Her research interests are in CALL, language learning strategies, and culture and language teaching and learning.

Dr. Melor Md. Yunus

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Melor Md Yunus is a senior lecturer of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) in the Faculty of Education at the National University of Malaysia. She holds a B.A. in English (Linguistics) from the University of Nevada at Reno, USA and an M.A. in TESL from Arizona State University, USA. She earned her Ph.D. in Education (TESL) from the University of Bristol, UK. Her areas of concentration are TESL, language pedagogy, and the use of technology in TESL. Currently, she teaches TESL methods and Teaching of Writing courses, as well as graduate courses in research methodology and academic writing.

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