Learning effects of an experimental EFL program in Second Life

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

This paper reports on the effects an experimental English as a Foreign Language (EFL) program in Second Life (SL) had on Chinese student EFL learning. The study took an evaluative approach using quasi-experimental design with participants from one Chinese university and one American university in the southeastern United States. Results indicated significant main effects between a control group and the SL group on EFL measures, as well as significant gains in total score and several subcomponents between pre-test and post test. Further analysis using a post study survey, students' blog posting, and interview transcripts revealed that the SL_EFL Program had a positive impact on students' EFL learning. © 2012 Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, CX; Calandra, B; Hibbard, ST; McDowell Lefaiver, ML

Published Date

  • October 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 943 - 961

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1556-6501

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1042-1629

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11423-012-9259-0

Citation Source

  • Scopus