EAPTech Student Survey
Informed Consent Form

Study Name:

Examining Language Teaching Technology Use in Post-Secondary English for Academic Purpose (EAP) Programs

Researcher:

Dr. Geoff Lawrence, Faculty, Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics, York University, Email: glawrenc@yorku.ca

Purpose of the Research:

The goal of the study is to examine how technology helps language learning in post-secondary English for Academic Purpose (EAP) programs. The study seeks to discover how various universities and colleges apply different approaches to technology to help students to learn English more easily. The study will use online surveys of administrators, instructors and students in EAP courses to understand how EAP teaching incorporates technology, the benefits for students, and other advantages and disadvantages of these approaches. All study participants, and institutions, will remain anonymous when presenting and reporting data. All comments and information you provide will only add to, detail and expand understanding of the potentials of technology in an EAP context from the point of view of the student.

What You Will Be Asked to Do in the Research:

You will be asked to complete an online survey with questions about your personal background, your experiences with technology and English language learning in particular. In some of the questions you will be asked to respond to statements or sentences while others will just be multiple choice or simply checking boxes.This will take you no longer than 10-15 minutes.

Risks and Discomforts:

While you will be asked personal information related to your language learning experience, the study will not evaluate your teacher’s practices or your learning in any way. The information you provide will never be shared with anyone else, including your institution administrator, teachers or other students. I will preserve confidentiality in keeping this information and will conceal your identity in reporting on the research. This will be the case at all stages of the study. There is no risk that anyone other than the researcher and his assistants will learn what information you provide. You also have the right not to answer any of the questions on the survey.

Benefits of the Research and Benefits to You:

By participating, you will help to identify the outcomes, benefits and limitations of technology-enhanced English language learning approaches. Your cooperation and contribution will be useful and informative. It will help us to understand strategies to inform the development of technology-mediated EAP practices in post-secondary North American EAP programs.
 You can access a summary of the findings on the project’s website (www.eaptech.org) once it is shared at the end of the study. This may benefit future use of advanced technological teaching tools and practices.

Voluntary Participation:

Your participation in the study is completely voluntary. You may stop participating at any time. If you choose not to volunteer, this will not affect your relationship with your teacher, your classmates or your institution now or in the future.

Withdrawal from the Study:

You can stop participating in the study at any time, for any reason. If you stop participating, or refuse to answer particular questions, this will not affect your relationship with the researcher, your teacher, your institution, or your classmates. If you withdraw from the study, all associated data collected will be immediately destroyed.

Confidentiality:

All information you give during the research is confidential. Your teacher, school administrators and other students will not know whether you are participating in this research or not. I will not be asking for your name in this survey. I will not use your school’s real names when I report or publish information about this study. I will use a fake school name if I use it in my research. The data will be safely stored in a password protected computer of the researcher. Only I and the research assistants will have access to this information. I will destroy all surveys, written notes, 5 years after the research is complete. The findings will be shared in academic journals and in academic conferences. No other teachers or administrators will have access to or read these surveys. You do not need to worry about your other teachers or administrators reading what you say. I will ensure your privacy to the fullest extent possible by law.

Questions about the Research?

If you have questions about the research in general or about your role in the study, please feel free to contact me, the researcher, Dr. Geoff Lawrence at Tel: 416-736-2100, extension 88729 or Email: glawrenc@yorku.ca. You may also wish to contact the graduate program office: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Tel: 416-650-8046 or Email: gradling@yorku.ca.

I consent to participate in the study: Examining Language Teaching Technology Use in Post-Secondary English for Academic Purpose (EAP) Program, conducted by Geoff Lawrence. I have understood the nature of this project and wish to participate. I am not giving up any of my legal rights by agreeing to participate in the study. *
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