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Case Studies: Text, Technology and Readers in a University ESL Classroom
Migyu Kang
215-230 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


In this qualitative study, the researcher explored how a specific language teaching approach called project-oriented computer assisted language learning (PrOCALL) facilitates East Asian students' cross-cultural transition from their previous EFL (English as a foreign language) classroom culture to their current US university ESL (English as a second language) counterpart. To do this, the researcher observed participants' English reading orientations in their implementation of a course project in her university ESL reading class. A total of 66 East Asian students enrolled in an intensive ESL program at a large Midwestern public research university participated in an anonymous survey for baseline data and 4 consenting students in the reading class participated in the case studies. This study addresses the importance of facilitating ESL learners' transition to the US university ESL classroom culture.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2011 Second Language Research Forum: Converging Theory and Practice
edited by Erik Voss, Shu-Ju Diana Tai, and Zhi Li
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