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The Effect of Learner Training on the Use of Digital Tools to Support English Writing Skills
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0004-2361-8690
2019 (English)In: Asian EFL Journal, ISSN 1738-1460, E-ISSN 1738-1460, Vol. 21, no 2.1, p. 27-49Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the effects of learner training for CALL general use tools on students whose digital literacy is lower than that assumed by the New Zealand university system they are preparing to enter. Previous studies have found that computers offer multiple benefits for teaching and learning writing skills. The use of word processors can offer writing support of various types, can give automatic corrective feedback to the writer and can stimulate collaborative learning. However, language learners are often unable to fully utilize the potential of word processors in developing their writing skills due to a lack of knowledge and training in using these tools effectively. International students may have lower levels of experience in using technology than the New Zealand students they study with. In this descriptive study, eight English for academic purposes (EAP) students from China, Japan, Chile and Brazil participated, each with their own set of experiences and expectations of technology. The effects of training on learners’ awareness and use of the writing support features available in Microsoft Office Word was explored using a mixed method approach. After training, learners reported feeling more confident about using computers for writing.

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2019. Vol. 21, no 2.1, p. 27-49
Keywords [en]
CALL, learner training, writing skills, spell check, grammar check, word processor, digital practices
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Educational Sciences
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-380581OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-380581DiVA, id: diva2:1300583
Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-04-02Bibliographically approved

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