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Title: Investigating Taiwanese university learners' readiness for online language learning : preferences and perceptions
Author: Cho, Jung-Shih
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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The goal of this study was to investigate Taiwanese university learners' readiness for online language learning, as well as their preferences and perceptions for this type of learning. This study undertaken was both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and was underpinned by a mixed methods philosophy. The data collection methods used for the purpose of the study included: semi-structured focus group interviews and a questionnaire survey. The findings were descriptively categorized and analysed according to emergent themes. These findings were then interpreted and compared to the literature related to this study. The overall objectives of this dissertation were to gain a general picture of the readiness that Taiwanese university learners have for online language learning, as well as a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between their preferences and perceptions, and how this affected their online learning readiness. There are nine universities in central Taiwan which provide the online language courses that met the requirements for this study; however, only three of them had agreed to participate in this study. Therefore, this study underscored the need to conduct research of a similar nature, with an increased• number and type of participants, using the readiness scale developed from this study. It is hoped that this dissertation wilt provide a lens, from which further fieldwork on this topic could be conducted.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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