An Investigation into the Factors Enhancing English Learning by Using New Media

By Xianghu Liu and Kuang-yun Ting.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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This study involving 252 students from four different higher educational institutions in China investigates the attitudes and practices towards learner autonomy with the use of technology in learning English. Questionnaires were distributed to the 252 participants and follow-up in-depth interviews were undertaken with a number of participants. Meanwhile, the teacher as a researcher conducted the action research project in order to understand how the use of modern technology and the Internet enhanced English proficiency of learners, especially their listening and speaking abilities. Additionally, some invaluable data were collected from interviews with participants and learning diaries on their experiences in using advanced technology.

The research results demonstrate that: 1) One of the most important roles for language teachers is to motivate students to learn English, and to teach them correct learning strategies and learning methods; 2) Learner autonomy plays a crucial role in learning English; 3) The combination of the use of autonomy and advanced technology, such as computers and the Internet, helps learners improve their English language proficiency, and is considered to be one of the most effective ways to learn a language. Finally, this paper concludes with some implications and suggestions on English language teaching and learning by the use of the new media.

Keywords: Teachers’ Roles, Learner Autonomy, New Media, Learning English, Computers

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.47-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 457.354KB).

Xianghu Liu

Southwest University, Shenyang, China

Mr. Xianghu Liu has a Master degree in education from the University of Exeter (UK). Currently, he is working toward his Ph.D. in the field of computer assisted language learning. His research interests include second language acquisition, testing and English language teaching theories. He has taught English in senior middle schools and universities in China for more than twenty years. He has published some research papers on English language teaching and testing in China and in the United States of America in English.

Dr. Kuang-yun Ting

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, St. John’s University, Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan

Dr. Kuang-yun Ting has a Doctoral degree in education from the University of Exeter (UK). Her Ph.D. thesis researched the effect of using multiple intelligences approaches and Internet resources in English language courses for university students. She has taught English at several universities in Taiwan, where she is currently teaching at St. John’s University. Her research interests include action research, multiple intelligences theory and various aspects of computer assisted language learning.