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Journal/Book/Conference Title

Commission for International Adult Education of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education 65th Annual Conference

Date of Submission

March 2018


This study explores how ESL student perceptions guide their use of online resources, with the goal of helping teachers select meaningful resources. Data were collected using a combination of interview responses and computer-recorded online actions. An evaluation of three case studies of advanced adult English language learners were used to gain insights into student perceptions. The results indicated that the ESL students use Google and native language sites when researching online, at times alternating between English and their native language. However, they expressed a sense of shame when using native language sites, as one student stated that he felt he should know things (i.e. English) that he does not and it would be unfair for him to use an online translator or other native language resources in his chemistry class.

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VCU Dept. of Teaching and Learning Publications