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THE WORLD WIDE WEB AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING
This report describes a SIMA (Support Initiative for Multimedia Applications) funded project to evaluate use of the World Wide Web by language learners and teachers at the University of Southampton. Using an evaluation model designed by Laurillard (1994) for a Modern Languages TLTP (Teaching and Learning Technology Programme) consortium, qualitative data was gathered during a series of observation sessions (11) and semi-structured interviews (14) while more quantitative data was gathered from questionnaires returned by language learners (92) and staff (9). There was evidence that most learners and staff particularly appreciated the topicality of the target language resources the Web has to offer. Most students, however, tended to use it as no more than an on-line library, and lacked the technical, research and linguistic skills and also the appropriate learning strategies to make full use of its potential for language learning. The report concludes with suggestions as to how this potential might be realised.
Virtual Environments Visualisation