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Type: Thesis
Title: Computers for teaching English as a second language (secondary school) in Malaysia: a case study.
Author: Abu Bakar, Nadzrah
Issue Date: 2006
School/Discipline: School of Humanities : Linguistics
Abstract: This study attempts to explore and to understand the use of computers in English language classrooms, in a Malaysian context. This qualitative study aims to investigate and understand the use of computers in English language classes in a secondary Smart School in Malaysia by examining the teaching situations and the types of activities carried out in the classroom. In order to understand the factors related to computer use, teachers’ and students’ attitudes towards the use of computers in English lessons were investigated. Using the perspectives from social constructivism, this study examines, this study also looks into classroom interactions to examine the English language learning opportunities for students. A combination of procedures was used for data collection. The data were collected using classroom observations, interviews, field-notes, document, learning diaries and classroom interaction transcripts. The data were analyzed using multiple analyses. This study use thematic analysis as one of the analysis method to examine the interviews, and observations field notes. This study shows that computers in the classroom can be beneficial as tools for facilitating learning English. This study also suggests that in order for the integration of computers in education to be a success the education system needs to be changed or to be adjusted. This study helps to explain the complexity of using computers in the teaching of English as a Second Language in order to fulfil the objectives of the English syllabus and the English curriculum in a Malaysian secondary school.
Advisor: Mickan, Peter Frank
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of Adelaide, School of Humanities, 2006
Keywords: Computer; Malaysia; English as a second language; TESL; ESL
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