Vol. 2. No. 2 A-1 September 1996
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Analytic and Systemic Analyses of Computer-Supported Language Learning Environments

Joy L. Egbert  Leonard M. Jessup
Center for English Language Training
Indiana University
   &    School of Business
Indiana University
<jegbert@indiana.edu>   <ljessup@indiana.edu>


One essential component of a theory of CALL, and one which teachers, researchers, and technology can influence, is the learning environment. Research has made it clear that the classroom environment plays an important role in learning. Unfortunately, the definition of essential environmental characteristics and the interaction among them is not clear. In this study, learner perceptions of a "package" of salient dimensions of an ideal computer-supported language learning environment were measured. Analytic and systemic analyses of learner perceptions indicated that learners perceive their learning environments in unexpected ways and that the technology has an impact on these perceptions in that it allows the classroom to be "individualized" in ways not possible without it. Also discussed are implications for task construction and grouping and the importance of learner perceptions to an understanding of computer-supported language learning environments.

Keywords: CALL, SLA, learning environment, teaching

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