Factors Affecting the Integration of Information and Communications Technology in Teaching English in Taiwan

| May 2, 2008
Title
Factors Affecting the Integration of Information and Communications Technology in Teaching English in Taiwan

Keywords: Information and communications technology; computer-assisted language learning; continuous professional development; Internet use

Authors
Yu-Li Chen
Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Bio Data
Yu-Li is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Lunghwa University, Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA in 2006. Much of her current research has focused on computer-assisted language learning and teacher education.

Abstract
As language and technology are two major focuses of educational reform in Taiwanese higher education, Taiwanese teachers of English as a foreign language have to cope with the challenge of technological and pedagogical shifts occurring in the teaching profession. A basic interpretative qualitative study was employed to understand how and why teachers implemented the information and communications technology into their language instruction and to explore the issues and barriers that teachers encountered when trying to incorporate modern technology into their instructional practice. The findings imply that continuous professional development involving technology integration, specifically for language teachers, should be thoroughly planned. New policies regarding vision and goals of implementation should be made clear to teachers.

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Category: Teaching Articles, Volume 28