Evaluating Web Content for Self-Directed Language Learning

Evaluating Web Content for Self-Directed Language Learning

Yoko Hirata (Hokkai-Gakuen University, Japan)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-901-5.ch011
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Abstract

Recently, information and communication technology (ICT) in Japanese tertiary institutions have begun to play an increasingly important role in teaching and learning of foreign languages. This technology helps students have access to various kinds of language learning materials and resources through the websites any time and anywhere. Online or web-based language courses provide Japanese students with the variety and flexibility to work at their own level and pace through this technology. However, a major issue to be considered when implementing these courses is the fact that traditionally Japanese students are not culturally self-directed or autonomous language learners. The purpose of this study was to examine how Japanese students perceived two different approaches of self-directed language learning projects through the evaluation of English language websites. The findings suggested that the students’ perceptions of the research-based project using websites were positive and they were able to regulate their own learning process.

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