ERIC Number: ED501102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-8
Reference Count: 12
Internet Videoconferencing to Improve EFL Learning
Marek, Michael W.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Conference on English Teaching and Global Communication (Changhua City, Taiwan, March 8, 2008)
This presentation describes the methodology used by Dr. Michael Marek of Wayne State College, Nebraska USA, and Dr. Vivian Wu of Chienkuo Technology University, Taiwan, for English language instruction in Taiwan using Internet videoconferencing, and their research findings after three semesters. Initial student reaction was positive. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation indicated a statistically significant increase in motivation as a result of the interactions. Abundant literature is clear that when motivation increases, ability and confidence follow. Students cited several elements of the instructional design in explaining their increased proficiency: the sessions' emphasis on subjects interesting and pertinent to young adults, including American culture and traditions; spontaneous and authentic interaction with a native speaker; and the implementation of techniques to lessen anxiety. Female students reported more of an increase in motivation then their male counterparts. The positive results suggest a new avenue for foreign language instruction around the world that makes use of student-centered, active learning.
Descriptors: Instructional Design, State Colleges, Student Motivation, Active Learning, Foreign Countries, Native Speakers, Internet, Computer Uses in Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, College Students, Language Proficiency, Student Interests, Cultural Awareness, Anxiety, Gender Differences, Computer Mediated Communication
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan; United States