Innovations in computer assisted language learning for student personal development and skill enhancement: A case study in Oman

Victoria Tuzlukova, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman, ID CLEaR2017-423;     Abstract: Addressing the question of the impact of innovations in computer assisted language learning on student personal development and skill enhancement, this paper explores practical innovative applications of Moodle platform in writing and study skills foundation program English language courses currently offered by the Centre for Preparatory Studies of Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. The presentation will start with an overview of the courses and established use of Moodle as an environment to host teaching and assessment materials supported by the platform’s organized, flexible, and transparent approach to overall language course design and instruction. Then, it will focus on using Moodle discussion forums and journals for creating a more supportive and more productive learning environment for the enhancement of students’ interactivity, involvement, and development of their communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. Finally, using pieces of evidence, including examples of students’ discussions and self-reflections, samplings of student responses and student performance that are deeper and more insightful than those usually seen in the Foundation Program students and courses, the presenter will reflect on the improved richness and enhanced language pedagogy that the approach, which incorporates Moodle multimodal learning environment, provides.

Key words: language pedagogy, computer assisted language learning, Moodle, Oman

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