Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between technology support and extent of technology integration into college-level foreign language curricula
by Green, James T., Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2010, 188; 3425684
Abstract (Summary)

Although computer use has become widespread throughout foreign language (FL) education, availability of computers alone is not sufficient for increasing their use. Integration requires rich and varied technology support, which includes instructional as well as technical support. To date, in the field of adult FL learning no quantitative examination of the relationship between the different aspects of technology support and computer integration into the curricula has been attempted.

This study explores the direction and strength of the relationships among the different types of technology support and the integration of computers into the curricula of college and university FL programs. The investigation was conducted by means of an online survey instrument developed and pilot tested by the researcher and disseminated nationwide to teachers in U.S. college and university foreign language departments. It probes the extent and nature of computer integration within FL curricula as well as the extent and nature of the technology support available. It also examines the relationships between the different types of technology support and the extent and nature of integration to determine which, if any, were the strongest.

The study found that technology support in the form of professional development that enables teachers to understand and create ways to seamlessly integrate computers into their teaching is needed more than any other type of technology support, including the provision of new, updated, stat-of-the art computers. The findings provide a broader understanding of technology support and its role in increased technology integration among college-level foreign language teachers. Further, the findings potentially provide guidelines for FL program directors as to the areas of technology support in which their expenditure of resources will best benefit their institute.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zhu, Wei, Flaitz, Jeffra
School: University of South Florida
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Foreign Language, Educational technology
Keywords: CALL, Computer-assisted instruction, Computer-assisted language learning, Foreign language, Second lang acquisition, Technology integration
Publication Number: 3425684
ISBN: 9781124267111
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