Exploring Teacher Attitudes Regarding Corpus-Assisted Language Learning for Young Learners of English

dc.contributorWorden-Chambers, Dorothy
dc.contributorDrewelowe, Isabelle
dc.contributor.advisorPoole, Robert
dc.contributor.authorDunton, Kira Joy
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-28T14:55:28Z
dc.date.available2022-09-28T14:55:28Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractCorpus-assisted language learning (CALL) has been established as a successful approach to language teaching and learning within the contexts of tertiary and secondary language learning classrooms (Boulton & Cobb, 2017). Despite its many successes, however, CALL approaches have remained underexplored within the context of young learners. This thesis aims to further the research of CALL with young learners of English through surveying pre-service teachers about their attitudes and expectations concerning CALL and young learner language education. By reviewing the literature surrounding the application of CALL in adult ESL/EFL, tertiary, and secondary contexts alongside the relatively few examples of CALL within primary or young learner contexts, this thesis highlights the need for more research into the application of CALL within young learner contexts. Breyer (2009) argues that focusing on the role of the teacher and their attitudes will be the key towards popularizing the use of CALL practices; therefore this project surveys pre-service language teachers to explore their attitudes surrounding CALL and young learners. By analyzing the pre-service teachers' responses using descriptive thematic analysis based in constructivist grounded theory methodology, this project allowed themes to emerge from the data, identifying positive, negative, and neutral attitudes held by the pre-service teachers. Significant findings include the tension between pre-service attitudes about CALL and the lack of implementation of CALL within their own language classrooms; the potential of pre-made corpus activities as templates for implementation and context-specific adaptation; and the value of focused instruction surrounding applications of CALL across all contexts within teacher education programs.en_US
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dc.identifier.otherhttp://purl.lib.ua.edu/186555
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0004514
dc.identifier.otherDunton_alatus_0004M_14875
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/9541
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectcorpus assisted langauge learning
dc.subjectcorpus linguistics
dc.subjectEnglish language teaching
dc.subjectlanguage acquisition
dc.subjectteacher attitudes
dc.subjectyoung learner
dc.titleExploring Teacher Attitudes Regarding Corpus-Assisted Language Learning for Young Learners of Englishen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of English
etdms.degree.disciplineEnglish as a Second Language
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.levelmaster's
etdms.degree.nameM.A.
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