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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Effectiveness of Implementing Computer-Assisted Language Learning Technology in English for Specific Purposes Training Program

Dr. Cheryl Serrano, Chien-Yu Chui, Dr Randall L. Alford, Dr Judith Strother.

This Virtual Paper will present the results of a study undertaken during Spring, 2004 that examines the effectiveness of implementing online Computer-Assisted Language Learning in the classroom setting. The researchers will draw upon the emerging literature related to the integration of computer-assisted technology and recent trends in employee training. The sample population is a group of Chinese flight students enrolled in the blended face-to-face and online instruction in Aviation English for Specific Purposes program.

A one-group pretest-posttest experimental design will be employed to examine student’s scores on the Aviation English Placement Exam after three months of the intervention. Additionally, a survey instrument has been developed in participants’ home language for the purpose of collecting background information. Previous research has identified the selected variables that affect second language acquisition. Furthermore, the survey intends to collect data on participants’ attitudes toward learning English with CALL technology, and their perception of CALL technology.

The research team also intends to examine data of a qualitative nature. Numerous strategies such as, observation of participants, open-ended interviewing, reviewing curricular materials, the writing of descriptive field notes, will be implemented over the same three month period. The qualitative data analysis will be examined and compared with the findings from the quantitative data analysis. A central aim of the study and the proposed paper is to determine the value of using a blended face-to-face and online format for increasing English for specific purposes competence and to enrich our understanding of teaching and learning in this kind of classroom environment.


Dr. Cheryl Serrano  (United States)
Associate Professor
College of Education
Lynn University

Dr. Cheryl Serrano, is presently an Associate Professor in the College of Education where she teaches graduate courses at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. She earned her B.S. degree in Secondary Spanish Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with major concentration in Bilingual-Bicultural Education at the University of Northern Colorado, and completed a Ph.D. from Florida State University in Multilingual-Multicultural Education on a Title VII Fellowship.

Chien-Yu Chui  (United States)

Dr Randall L. Alford  (United States)

Dr Judith Strother  (United States)

  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Blended face-to-face and online format
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Aviation English

(Virtual Presentation, English)