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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 13, No. 1 (2017) open journal systems 


Computer-assisted instruction: ‘JClic’ as a new pedagogical tool for EFL learners

Sorina Stelea, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Carolina Girón-García, Universitat Jaume I, Spain


Abstract
The present study has a double purpose: firstly, to evaluate the effect of JClic on students' performance in the use of Simple Present Perfect in English and secondly, to establish the impact of the use of JClic on students' engagement and motivation. In other words, this research seeks to find out if student engagement and motivation in the learning process are heightened while using JClic, as a pedagogical tool, to carry out instruction. In this study, the Simple Present Perfect is presented in contrast to Simple Past in order to strengthen students' knowledge and understanding of the two tenses, although only the first one is evaluated as it was more problematic for them (according to the results from the 2nd end of term exam). Furthermore, a description and practice activities, involving the use of both tenses, are presented. In this study, we use mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative), in order to answer the research questions and obtain a better triangulation and complementarity regarding data collection. The findings reveal that the use of the JClic software, as a computer-assisted language-learning (CALL) tool, can increase students' engagement, motivation, and learning achievement. Thus, computer-assisted instruction (CAI) might complement teacher-directed instruction through motivating activities that are helpful to students so as to improve their academic performance. Finally, the results of this study may be useful for English teachers as they can use students' achievement data in order to make instructional decisions to change classroom environment and improve learning.


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