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Title: Technology in the EFL classroom: the effects of computer applications on Cypriot high school learners' motivation and writing
Author: Charalambous, Angeliki Constantinou
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2013
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Computer applications are continuously evolving and influence many aspects of life, including literacy and writing in EFL learning. However, although their use is widespread, their effectiveness in education is still under discussion. This study investigated the effects of computer applications in the specific context of public secondary schools in Cyprus, where pupils face various problems that prevent them from developing effective writing skills in EFL learning. The study covered the population of eight EFL ordinary classes in four public secondary schools: four teachers and 200 adolescent pupils were involved. The control group followed the ordinary programme, while the experimental group followed a designed programme with computer applications such as email, wiki, blog, and collaborative projects. The study employed a quasi-experimental, mixed methods research design, utilising quantitative instruments: survey questionnaire, writing samples, and term records. These were corroborated with qualitative data derived from interviews, observation and teachers' reports. The study indicated that the EFL writing skills of Cypriot secondary school learners could be improved through the use of certain computer applications in teaching and learning. The data showed that computer applications facilitated writing processes and motivated pupils to produce longer pieces of text compared with control pupils. Perceived improvements in amount, length, content, and vocabulary of written text were recorded compared with control pupils. Also, the students gained a feeling of satisfaction and pride from online publication of their work. The findings therefore support the use of the selected computer applications for teaching and learning. This study improves understanding of the impact of computer applications on adolescent pupils' attitudes towards writing in EFL and could eventually improve the motivational aspects of the learning environment in public secondary schools in Cyprus. The study has implications for EFL pedagogy, curriculum design, learner and teacher training. .. ~:
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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