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THE WORLD WIDE WEB AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING
WORLD WIDE WEB QUESTIONNAIRE
The Language Centre has been asked by the Higher Education Funding Council (under the Support Initiative for Mutimedia Applications) to conduct a survey into the use of the WORLD WIDE WEB (WWW) by language learners. We would be very grateful if you could take a little time to fill in this questionnaire even if you have never used WWW.
Year of study:
1. How confident do you feel about the following:
Please tick in the appropriate boxes.
very confident quite confident not at all confident
using a computer
using a mouse
e.g newspapers on CD Rom,
using World Wide Web
2. The World Wide Web gives access to a range of resources around the world. In your opinion what possibilities does it offer language learners?
3. Have you used the World Wide Web at all?
- If “No” , please go straight to the notes at the end of this questionnaire.
- If “Yes”, please indicate a) why you started using it, b) how often you use it, c) how long you usually spend on it, d) where you access it from, e) whether you discuss what you find on the WEB with other students or a lecturer and f) which lecturer or course has required you to use it.
4. Which of the following do you use the World Wide Web for?
For each item you tick, please try and give examples of the resources or information you have found useful or interesting e.g. foreign language newspapers, games. Give as much detail as you can.
a) developing your foreign language competence
b) finding out more about the culture (and related areas) of the countries whose language(s) you are studying
c) for non-language study purposes
d) for leisure or general interest
5. We would like to know how you find information/resources on the WEB. Describe what search strategies have proved useful for you.
Please indicate the steps that you have taken in a recent search for information relating to your language studies.
AIM YOUR AIM:
e.g. search for information on
Andreotti trial for Italian essay
STEP 1 YOUR STEP 1:
e.g. find Language Centre Home
pages; use Webcrawler for keyword
search (indicate original word/words
used); enter WEB address given by
STEP 2 YOUR STEP 2:
e.g. follow link to articles in on-line
STEP 3 YOUR STEP 3
e.g. check out all articles with the
FURTHER STEPS YOUR FURTHER STEPS
e.g. return to keyword search results
to follow up other links
6. The World Wide Web was originally conceived as a mechanism for data exchange between research institutions, not as a general learning resource. However, many claim that it offers vast educational potential.
Could you comment on the way:
7. The World Wide Web is a hypermedia resource with linked text, graphics, audio and video. Please comment on how it compares for language related purposes with:
- a) it succeeds as a learning resource for language students.
In your answer,
- give examples of what you have learnt
- what you have not learnt that you hoped for
- anything you have learnt that was unexpected.
- b) it could be improved
- c) it integrates with the rest of your language programme
a) classes and lectures
b) separate media resources
e.g. reference and course books, topic boxes, satellite television, video, audio
c) other electronic media
e.g. newspapers on CD ROM, dedicated language learning software, email etc.
Thank you very much for taking time to complete this questionnaire and thank you also to those who have agreed to participate in the observation studies. We would welcome any further comments you have to make on your use of the WEB or on any other learning resources you use in connection with your language studies.
Virtual Environments Visualisation