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The development and evaluation of a web-based college English outside reading system for EFL freshmen

Ching-Ying Pan1, & Pei-Ching Huang2

1 Tzu Chi University, TAIWAN panying@mail.tcu.edu.tw
2 Taipei County Hai-San High School, TAIWAN Peggy516@hshs.tpc.edu.tw

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v5n3.83


Abstract

The main purpose of this study was to design a web-based English outside reading learning system for college students to study English reading outside the classroom by themselves. In addition to the main purpose, we explored the web-based learning system's effects on students by comparing it with the reading of traditional printed materials. This web-based learning system included nine units whose topics were the life stories of nine contemporary celebrities. This study adopted a pretest-posttest nonequivalent group design. Control group students conducted English outside reading by studying paper materials on their own. Experimental group students studied the same materials in an asynchronous web-based learning system. The results of this research were that the group using the web-based learning system had significantly better English reading comprehension, higher English learning motivation, and greater learner satisfaction. Furthermore, most of the web-based learning students held very positive views of the design, presentation and functions of this web-based learning system.



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Pan, C.-Y., & Huang, P.-C. (2009). The development and evaluation of a web-based college English outside reading system for EFL freshmen. The JALT CALL Journal, 5(3), 3–22. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v5n3.83


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