How Do Learners Perceive E-Language Learning Programs in Their Local Context
Keywords: Distance education, e-language learning programs, student perception, local context
Julide Inozu and Gulden Ilin
Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey
Julide Inozu is an assistant professor in the Department of English Language Teaching at Cukurova University. She is interested in psychology of language learning, instructional materials evaluation and adaptation, critical reading and cognitive development. She is teaching methodology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Gulden Ilin received her MA and PhD in ELT from Cukurova University. She is an assistant professor in the Department of English Language Teaching at Cukurova University. Her interests are research in teacher thinking and professional development of teachers.
In many countries, such as in Turkey, distance education and e-language learning programs have been commonly used in teaching English as well as in other areas of education. However, the effectiveness of these language programs is closely linked with the conditions in the local context. Therefore, their effectiveness needs to be investigated considering the specific conditions where such programs are offered. In line with this idea, this study examines how e-language learning programs are perceived by the learners and the extent to which learners think these programs contribute to their language learning. To this end, questionnaires were administered and semi-structured interviews were held with students enrolled in e-language learning programs in Adana, Turkey. This paper presents the results and the implications reached.