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Tertiary students' perceptions and use of information computer technology for language consultation

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This paper reports on some factors that influence a student's choice, perception and motivation to use computer technology for a speaking and a writing consultation service, based on interviews and student-teacher online discourse patterns. It also discusses the motivation behind the choices with reference to Deci and Ryan's self-determination theory and Wenger's social learning theory. It was found that a student's previous learning experience and psychological needs shape their perceptions of, participation and behavior in online consultations. Suggestions for preparing students for a new learning experience in higher education are made.
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Keywords: information computer technology; language consultation; perception and use; tertiary learners

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Language Centre,Hong Kong Baptist University, 224 Waterloo RoadKowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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