ELL STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN COMPUTER-ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING TASKS
Chang, Ai Chia
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This dissertation consists of two manuscripts to examine English language learners' (ELLs) task engagement in computer-assisted learning environment. The purpose of first paper is to explore ELL's Internet usage and their engagement in Internet tasks. This paper examines ELLs' Internet usage in order to gain insights into what Internet tasks engage them as well as the reasons why learners engage in these Internet tasks. Survey results showed participant ELLs used the Internet for purposes such as social interaction, searching, email, entertainment, and study. Time spent on the Internet varied, but ELLs reported frequent Internet use. This paper also presents a several Internet materials and tools used by participants ELLs collected and organized based on the purposes.The second paper highlights the issue of whether or not ELLs can be engaged in Internet tasks assigned by the teachers. A study was conducted in which an online learning group was created in order to provide participants with opportunities to communicate and practice their English outside of the classroom using Facebook that many of the participants were already familiar with and used on a regular basis. Tasks were designed to help participants work toward the goals of their course while utilizing the features setup and commonly use in Facebook such as discussion-thread commenting. The results show that the participants' levels of task engagement when using the Internet tasks as part of coursework varied. Taken together, these findings might be useful and helpful for teachers and researchers to indicate ELLs' task engagement when assigning Internet tasks, and then adjust the instructions and course design following the components of task engagement to engage students in tasks.