Electronic role-play as a manifestation of open task computer-assisted language learning: a case study

Leahy, CBL, 2011. Electronic role-play as a manifestation of open task computer-assisted language learning: a case study. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

This thesis explores the effect and effectiveness of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) as manifested in one specific electronic role-play (ERP) which was designed for a group of final year undergraduate students of international business (with German). The ERP task was informed by a sociocultural perspective of second language acquisition (SLA) and task-based learning, and was embedded in a constructivist approach. The purpose of the ERP was to create meaningful opportunities for advanced foreign language practice for higher education students which combine their language study with their main degree course. The task mimicked professional situations, incorporating skills students would be likely to encounter in their future workplace and required them to create the outline of a marketing strategy for a product of their choice to be launched on the German market. The ERP task and its effectiveness was researched through a qualitative research approach using case study methodology which encompassed three main methods: tracing semantic strands in student-produced texts in order to explore content-learning potential, output theory to evidence potential for language learning, and grounded theory in order to explore how students appropriate the computer environment while completing the task. The case study concentrated on comprehensive data collected through the core case study which represented the 6th time the ERP was used in class. Data collected during previous ERPs was used for triangulation purposes.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Leahy, C.B.L.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 2011
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of Christine B.L. Leahy. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed to the owner of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:34
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:21
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/151

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