THE EFFECT OF COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING ON TURKISH LEARNERS’ ACHIEVEMENT ON THE TOEFL EXAM
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This study aimed to explore the effect of computer assisted language learning (CALL) on the undergraduate students’ achievement on the TOEFL exam. The study was designed as quasiexperimental research. The participants in the study were 34 sophomore students in the Department of Foreign Language Education in Middle East Technical University. The experimental group was taught using computer-assisted instruction in a language laboratory whilst the other class was taught using a traditional method of instruction in a traditional classroom setting. The training lasted for 8 weeks and the same instructor met the groups three hours each week. During the first week a pre-test was given to both groups. Then, a post-test was given at the end of the study. The experimental group participants were also interviewed in regard to CALL. The results showed that there was no statistically significant difference between the control and experimental group in overall scores and in the structure section. However, statistically significant differences were found in the reading and listening sections. The interviews showed that the participants in the experimental group valued CALL. It was suggested by the participants that computer-assisted language learning should be incorporated into the regular classes, rather than scheduling them separately.
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