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Author Stakhnevich, Julia
Title The World Wide Web as an instructional tool within the ESL context
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Descript 135 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 61-08, Section: A, page: 3033
Director: Donald Dyer
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Mississippi, 2000
The present communicative approach in foreign and second language instruction implies the inclusion of teaching culture as part of language curriculum. On the other hand, advancements in computer technology, including the World Wide Web, offer new exciting possibilities both for language teaching and cross-cultural education
In this study an attempt was made to see if combining the cultural aspects of ESL instruction with the capabilities of the World Wide Web can increase ESL students' knowledge of American culture. Particularly, the researcher was interested in comparing the impact of two instructional formats (Web and traditional print) in a self-directed ESL reading class. For the purpose of this study, an original Web page, the Mississippi Web ESL Project, was designed and administered to a group of ESL students both in its Web and traditional paper format. An equivalent-forms pre/posttest was used to measure the subject's knowledge of aspects of American culture prior to and after the treatment
The ANCOVA analysis of the data indicated that the subjects who were using the Web scored significantly higher on the posttest than those who used the traditional print format. The results of the factorial analysis of variance suggested that group assignment factor (Web, Paper or Control) had a significant effect on the posttest score, whereas English proficiency as measured by TOEFL did not
School code: 0131
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 61-08A
Subject Education, Language and Literature
Education, Bilingual and Multicultural
Education, Technology
Alt Author The University of Mississippi
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