A Rural South African Experience of an ESL Computer Program
Keywords:CALL, drill, eMalahleni Campus, ESL, Reading Excellenceâ?¢, TUT, tutorial
This article reports on a case study that explored the effect of an English-as-Second Language (ESL) computer program at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), South Africa. The case study explored participantsâ?? perceptions, attitudes and beliefs regarding the ESL reading enhancement program, Reading Excellenceâ?¢. The study found that participants experienced the program in a positive light. They experienced improved ESL reading as well as listening and writing proficiency. In addition, they experienced improved affective well-being in the sense that they generally felt more comfortable using ESL. This included feeling more self-confident in their experience of their academic environment. Interviews as well as document review resulted in dissonance, however: data pointed towards poor class attendance as well as a perturbing lack of progress in terms of reading comprehension and speed.
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