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Title: CALL for Change: an exploratory case study from the Saudi context
Authors: Hind M. Alotaibi
Keywords: EFL, Reading, CALL, toolbook
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: TESOL Arabia Perspectives
Abstract: This paper reports an exploratory case study of 48 Saudi female freshmen at the College of Languages & Translation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The study seeks to examine the effect of using computers in EFL reading classrooms by looking at how the use of computers contributes to the development of students’ reading skills and strategies. It explores the effects of using computer-based reading lessons in EFL classrooms on learners' attitudes, behaviors and motivation. It also investigates the effect of using such lessons on the teacher's role and her understanding of that role. Findings showed statistically significant improvement in students’ examination scores. The qualitative analysis of the data reveals that integrating computer-based lessons in this particular reading class gradually developed positive attitudinal and behavioral change during the course and increased motivation. It also led to a desire for an increase in autonomous, interactive behavior not only in the reading class but in other classes as well. Findings showed a positive change in the teacher’s behavior and attitude. That change lead to a gradual shift in her role from the manager of the class into more of a facilitator, allowing her students more control over their learning.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/18282
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