The successful use of technology in second-language acquisition (SLA) lies in a comprehensive understanding of SLA theories, technology, pedagogy, knowledge, and educational context. With the consideration of all the important variables, this study is to achieve a proper technology integration technology in SLA to effectively improve the language skills of college students in China. The guiding questions are: 1) What theoretical approaches of computer-supported language learning (CALL) could be used to guide the design of technology integration into learning activities to enhance the comprehensive language skills? 2) In the ubiquitous learning environment created by technology, how do we transform or invent new methods for language acquisition based on different roles of learning factors? In order to answer the guiding questions, a sequential explanatory mixed method is adopted. The quantitative study focuses on average growth of the pretest and posttest of treatment and control groups, to see whether the difference of their average growth is significant or not. The sampling population of qualitative study are learners of treatment group whose growth is not significant. A semistructured interview on both instructors and students, as well as the observation of instructor and researchers, is used for the qualitative data, from which problems and adjustment would be made in the next iteration until the desired outcomes could be reached.
Hong Shui, University of Minnesota