CALICO Journal, Vol 25, No 1 (2008)

Perspectives of Foreign Language Preservice Teachers on the Use of a Web-based Instructional Environment in a Methods Course

Marcela van Olphen
Issued Date: 7 Aug 2014

Abstract


This paper describes an analysis of the ideas and attitudes of preservice teachers about the integration of technology into foreign language classroom instruction. Specifically, this study focuses on the usefulness, strengths, and weaknesses of web-based instructional environments (WBIEs) facilitated by course management systems such as WebCT. Sources that were used for data analysis include interviews, field notes, and WebCT postings. This study demonstrates that preservice teachers perceive the advantages of using courseware tools in the methods class. They feel that these tools greatly enhance their experiences by providing (a) greater interactivity and connectivity between the instructor and students as well as among the students themselves and (b) more opportunities for academic exchanges.

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DOI: 10.1558/cj.v25i1.91-109

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