Effects of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning on Second Language Composition of University-Level Intermediate Spanish Students Page: 116
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It helps to look at grammar and conjugation procedures when there is no one to help you
at the time.
It is nice because you can go at your own pace & not the pace of 30 other ppl (ibid.).
It's a great opportunity for us to have and use. I'm more of a visual learner.
I like using it. I believe it is more beneficial than workbook exercises and writing papers.
The experimental group members shared:
I believe it helps to solidify what you can learn in class.
I think technology is a good study aide for learning a foreign language.
It can make learning easier.
It was evident that students' opinions were colored by their experiences and familiarity with
various programs, something that may account for some of the contradictions regarding the
usefulness of technology for learning certain skills. One student in the control group asserted that
"It is helpful, especially in helping with pronunciation" while another student in the control
group stated that "It's helpful reading, writing, & listening...But it doesn't really help speaking."
Yet another student in the experimental group aptly stressed, "In my few experiences using
technology to learn Spanish, I think it depends on the program. I've used one program that is
really good and another that's really bad."
A few students expressed some reservations regarding the use of TELL. One student who
admitted never having used technology to learn language stated, "I learn much better through
other means. Technology doesn't seem efficient enough." One student who said they used
Spanish Partner in the lab previous to the study said that "It helps me a little, however I learn
more with help from a teacher showing me hands on how to write it and the correct way to
speak." Both of these students were in the experimental group.
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