Problems in the implementation of computer assisted language learning in Malaysia

Nuraihan Mat Daud

Education; Computer software; Linguistics
August 1994

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The aim of the research was to study an attempt to integrate Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) into the curriculum of institutions within Malaysia. The study was based on the premise that the quality and quantity of computer usage in the classroom is influenced by the teachers' readiness to use the device. Based on the findings suggestions are made for possible solutions to some of the recurring problems. The findings have implications for both pre- and inservice teacher training. The rationale for research is laid out in Chapter One whilst Chapter Two gives the background to the study. The review of literature is given in Chapter Three. Chapter Four argues for the use of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in this research work. The findings made in the first three phases of the study which were largely based on qualitative approach are discussed in Chapter Five. The large-scale questionnaire survey which was carried out in phase four is presented in Chapter Six. The findings are discussed in relation to studies identified in the literature review in Chapter Seven. The implications of the findings for teacher training are discussed in Chapter Eight. The thesis concludes by identifying important follow-up studies.Teachers in the study were not sure how computers could be integrated into their curriculum. Attitudes to CALL had a positive relation with the use of computers for administrative tasks. The training programme conducted by the Ministry of Education was found to have a positive impact on their attitudes. Teachers who were sent for training had a more positive attitude than those who volunteered. Those who took the initiative to learn were found to have a more positive attitude and a higher expectation of computers than the others in the study. Teachers' attitude to and perception of CALL were found to be dependent on their qualification and teaching institution. Generally higher qualifications and teaching level were associated with more negative attitudes and perceptions. Anxiety was higher among teachers with a lower level of computer proficiency, and among University teachers.

Department of Education, The University of Hull
Cammish, Nadine K.; Moore, J. L.
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International Islamic University, Malaysia
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