Call, culture and EFL acquisition: A case study of the effects of using a network-based cultural language curriculum on Taiwanese students
Po-Yen Hsu, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States
Indiana University of Pennsylvania . Awarded
This dissertation describes how cultural content may be integrated into a web-based language teaching curriculum. By utilizing search engines as a medium of teaching English, advantages and disadvantages of the use of a network-based cultural language curriculum are discussed. A mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods were utilized to describe the use a of network-based cultural language curriculum in a foreign language classroom of Transworld Institute of Technology in Yun Lin, Taiwan. The outcomes of the study were generally favorable. The results from collected data show that not only can the Internet play a pivotal role in a language curriculum, but also culture as a main subject of language teaching is workable in an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom. However, due to the nature of the target culture involving the processing of complex socio-cultural concepts and knowledge, the study suggests that the network-based cultural language curriculum needs to be conducted for a longer period to get stronger results of language learning from English learners.
Hsu, P.Y. Call, culture and EFL acquisition: A case study of the effects of using a network-based cultural language curriculum on Taiwanese students. Ph.D. thesis, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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