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Degree

Master of Education

Program

Education

Supervisor(s)

Dr. Farahnaz Faez

Abstract

This paper focuses on English as a second language (ESL) learning by students at Quebec Collèges d’Enseignement General et Professionnel (CEGEPs). The research seeks to describe the positive outcome of computer assisted language learning (CALL) practices on the motivational level of students, their efficacy in helping students understand the cultural contexts of a second language, and their role in the achievement of proficiency in oral and written language skills. The main aim of the research is to investigate the role of new constructivist pedagogies and CALL practices in enhancing student motivation for continuous second language learning. Following qualitative case study methodology, the research consisted of a convenience sample of 41 students at a CEGEP in Quebec and used a survey and a focus group to obtain its data. The study found that students were generally motivated to learn English via CALL; however, there were also some shortcomings in this method of instruction. The findings of the research have implications for second language teachers and their students both in Canada and globally. In Canada, the amalgamation of diverse linguistic and migrant communities encourages citizens to be proficient not only in their native tongues, but also in the official languages of the nation—French and English. In the global context, information and communication are the main ingredients of trade, commerce and socialization.


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