Certain aspects of distance learning tools’ application in part-time esp studies and students’ motivation

Liudmila Mockiene, Helma Jankauskaite

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This paper aims at analyzing the impact of using Moodle distance learning tools in language teaching/ learning process on intrinsic motivation of undergraduate students. A quantitative research has been conducted to reveal the purposes Moodle distance learning tools are used in and out of language classroom in part-time studies, how students themselves evaluate the impact of using such learning tools on the learning process. The article comprises a theoretical analysis carried out with the aim to establish reasons of applying Moodle distance learning tools in parttime studies and motivating factors in ESP teaching/learning. The present investigation into application of Moodle distance teaching/learning tools particularly focuses on the following issues: what Moodle distance learning tools students and their teachers use in and out of language classroom, what benefits for the teaching/learning languages they see in using such tools, and the general impact of using IT on students’ motivation to study and explore the field of ESP. The results of the research show that the learning/teaching process is much more productive and effective if students participate in it for their own enjoyment and pleasure rather than for any tangible reward. This particularly refers to undergraduate students, as their form of study requires more out-of classroom time and effort. They are to work more individually. Therefore, creating an appropriate and favourable atmosphere and conditions for their effective learning is significant for enhancing their intrinsic motivation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-59
JournalSocial media: challenges and opportunities for education in modern society
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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