THE PATH TO ENGLISH LITERACY: ANALYZING ELEMENTARY SIGHT WORD PROCUREMENT USING COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING (CALL) IN CONTRAST TO TRADITIONAL METHODOLOGIES
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Didactical approaches related to teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) have developed into a complex array of instructional methodologies, each having potential benefits attributed to elementary reading development. One such effective practice is Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), which uses various forms of technology such as laptops, desktops, headphones, and various software to teach a language. Another operative, more conventional, method involves traditional-based language instruction utilizing teacher-driven edification and paper-based materials without the use of technology. Given these two instructional variations, this study will examine the quantitative and qualitative effectiveness of teaching Dolch Sight Words (DSW) in South Korean grade six EFL classrooms (n=205, mean age=13) by means of evaluating CALL devices in contrast to more traditional teacher-based approaches. The main research question was to establish how these two methodologies influence DSW comprehension, motivation, and acquisition with a focus on whether CALL is more effectual than traditional practices. The results revealed that both methods were effective in increasing DSW acquisition rates with the CALL method having a stronger association related to increasing student motivation. The culminating goal of this study was to identify the most beneficial method thus improving teaching practices and consequential student comprehension of the DSW.
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