Date of Award

Fall 12-1994

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Applied Linguistics

Committee Director

Janet Bing

Committee Member

Charles Ruhl

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.L56R44


This thesis examines how computer networks affect second language acquisition. Two different types of networked technology available, asynchronized and synchronized networks, are currently being used in the fields of ESL/EFL, foreign language teaching, English composition, and literary studies. Chapter one reviews these two technologies and their use in the classroom. Chapter two describes how the Internet makes available resources not possible in traditional classroom settings. Chapter three considers potential problems that may arise in the networked classroom, such as student and teacher apprehension of technology. Chapter four discusses how student learning styles are affected by synchronized and asynchronized networks, particularly with error correction. Chapter five explores specific advantages of networking. Computers bring a context into the classroom that language teaching methodologies, such as Suggestopedia, Total Physical Response, and Community Language Learning try to create. Finally, chapter six investigates how the relationships between teachers and students become more egalitarian in networked classrooms.