Innovation in language support : the provision of technology in self-access
Reinders, Hayo; Lázaro, Noemí
Citation:Reinders, H. and Lázaro, N. (2007). Innovation in language support : the provision of technology in self-access. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 20:2, 117 - 130. NOTE: This is research undertaken for the University of Auckland, prior to the author being affiliated with the Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2472
Self-access centres are sometimes portrayed as being at the forefront of pedagogical innovation. They are also said to be technology-rich language learning environments. In practice, however, the application of technology in a self-access environment has proven to be a challenge. This article focuses on 10 self-access centres that were found to be the most intensive users of technology out of a total of 45 centres investigated worldwide. The article describes the range of technologies used by these centres and the types of administrative procedures and student learning supported. It also compares these centres with the other 35 in the study to identify how they differ in the way they make use of technology.