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Title: When technology speaks language: an evaluation of course management systems used in a language learning context
Author: Wen-Kai Yu
Institution: National Chiao Tung University
Author: Yu-Chih Sun
Institution: National Chiao Tung University
Author: Yu-Jung Chang
Institution: National Chiao Tung University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Abstract: In light of the growing popularity of the use of computer management systems (CMSs) in higher education today, this study critically evaluates CMS adoption through a content-specific lens. By employing a mixed-method approach, the study examines college teachers’ and students’ experiences and perceptions of CMS adoption for language learning and teaching purposes. The findings show that despite the users’ perceived advantages of using CMSs in language courses, the systems’ lack of content-area specificity undermines many of the potential benefits. The study calls for better-rounded professional training to assist language teachers in integrating CMS functions strategically into their disciplinary pedagogy and incorporating multimedia language resources selectively to maximize the benefit of CMSs. Furthermore, the findings demonstrate the importance of developing content-specific CMSs with functions tailored toward pedagogical needs in different contexts.

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This article appears IN ReCALL Vol. 22, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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