A cross-linguistic investigation of language apology speech act; a case of Persian and Kurdish children
Mohammad Reza Sadeghi
Journal Title:Basic Research Journal of Education Research and Review
With the rising integration of computer technologies into educational systems, Computer Assisted Language Instruction (CALI) has become a trend in language learning and teaching particularly in English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) academic environment. This study tries to display whether CALI has any significant effect on English language learning in an unexplored EFL academic environment in Iran. To this end, 60 senior university students (age range = 22-25), studying English as a Foreign language at the department of Foreign language in Isfahan University were randomly selected. Then, the sample was divided into two groups, i.e. control group (n=30) and experimental group (n= 30). In order to assure the homogeneity of the subjects regarding the English language proficiency, a standardized TOEFL Exam as a pretest was administered. Whereas the experimental group was taught via computer assisted language instruction, the control group received no CALI-related treatment. The language learning lasted for six-weeks. CALI included exercises and short quizzes on four language skills which were conducted at the end of every session. Overall data analysis revealed that in an EFL academic setting CALI would have a positively influential effect on learning English as a Foreign Language. Keywords: Computer Assisted Language Instruction, EFL, Language Learners, Academic Setting, Iran.