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Volume 13 Number 1, 2022
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Zhang, S. (2022). Intermediate-level language learners’ use of online accessible resources to supplement learning: An exploratory study. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 13(1), 26-45.
[張勝蘭. (2022). 中級外語學習者利用開放網絡資源輔助學習——一項探索性研究. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 13(1), 26-45.]

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Language learning is a long process of honing different skills and of acquiring the elements that are essential for building these skills, such as grammar, vocabulary, and culture. While classroom learning is important for acquiring skills and knowledge, it is necessary that learners themselves make use of other resources to supplement their classroom learning. This study explores the use of Online Accessible Resources (OAR) by intermediate-level language learners to find out how they search for and use available online resources and what their perceptions are of the resources they find to supplement their learning. Fourteen college students participated in this study. Data were collected through 74 forms that students filled out, one for each resource they used, and through interviews asking them to reflect upon their completion of the task of locating and using the resources. Findings showed that students were able to take advantage of OAR to practice skills, increase knowledge, and improve learning strategies, but they needed more authentic, daily life video clips that utilize grammar and vocabulary at their proficiency level. The results shed light on what resources are available and what resources are urgently needed for Open Educational Resource creators to design and develop, and how teachers can help learners use the available resources effectively.


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