Computer-Enhanced Grammar Teaching

Computer-Enhanced Grammar Teaching

David Barr (University of Ulster, Northern Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-895-6.ch007
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This chapter reports on the results of a study undertaken to gauge what difference computer technology makes to grammar learning. Unlike other studies that compare the student performance learning grammar with the aid of technology to performance and without the technology, this work focuses on the impact technology has on student attitudes towards learning grammar through the computer. The chapter outlines how traditional grammar classes have been adapted for delivery in a multimedia situation and assesses the impact, both in terms of students’ perceptions about learning of grammar and in their actual performance that the computer has had on the process. The chapter also draws on the lessons learned in this project to help to maximise the potential of using technology in this type of teaching and learning context in the future.

Key Terms in this Chapter

CALL Integration: The factors that influence how ICT is integrated into language teaching.

Grammar Learning: How computer technology can enhance/affect the process of learning grammar.

Online Learning: The use of Web-based technologies for language learning.

Pedagogical Development: Lessons that can be learned in the pedagogical planning of language classes using ICT.

Student Attitudes: The attitudes of students towards use ICT in language learning and what factors may change these.

Computer-Based Learning Approaches: Examples of how to embed computer technology in learning and teaching.

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