Innovating Literature Circles with Computer Assisted Language Learning Technology for Taiwanese EFL College Learners: An Initial Finding

By Gloria Shu-Mei Chwo.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This study compared the innovative Computer Assisted Language Learning literature circle (CALL LCs) perceptions between two university EFL learners in Taiwan — 41 students at a Technology University in central Taiwan (HKU) and 49 students at a Normal University in southern Taiwan (NKNU). Moreover, learning and communication style preferences, together with the Author Plus Pro (APP) eLearning practice results were analyzed with the HKU learners’ degree of adaptation to CALL LCs’ experience. Comparatively speaking, the NKNU outperformed the HKU in their general LCs experiences. Factor analysis found that the weekly reading hour, reading motivation and interest, together with their preference for shared reading, contributed to the difference. Regarding the general impression on the CALL LCs, students conveyed that the increase of interaction, exchange of ideas and innovative technology were the most motivating and satisfactory experiences. When the adaptation of learning and communication styles and APP eLearning practice results were further analyzed with the HKU’s group, a full and varied repertoire of style modality strengths were also found to be well accommodated with their CALL LCs experience. However, suggestions were also proposed to increase the discussion time, improve technology facilities, and urge good preparation prior to the literature circle time in order to facilitate the flow of discussions.

Keywords: CALL Literature Circles, Learning Style, Communication Style, EFL Chinese College Learners

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.23-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.772MB).

Associate Prof. Gloria Shu-Mei Chwo

Assistant Professor, Applied English Department, Hungkuang University, Taiwan

Dr. Gloria Shu-Mei Chwo earned her Doctor of Philosophy Degree at University of Essex in U.K. in 2005. She is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Applied English Language, HungKuang University in Taiwan. Her research interests include word reading processing, EFL teaching methods, literature circle and eLearning.