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ERIC Number: ED535477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Improving Oral Performance through Interactions Flashcards
Urquijo, Jasson
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This paper describes an action research project that addressed the issue of low oral performance in English among third grade learners at a public girls' school in Bogota, Colombia. The issue was identified via content analysis of ten field logs compiled over the third and fourth quarter of the second semester, 2010. To address the problem of low oral performance and establish a basis for improvement, the presenter implemented an innovation featuring student-created personalized Interactions Flashcards. These flashcards contained five question-answer dialogues based on the country's national standards for basic competencies in English language, which correspond to the A1 band descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference. In addition to the five compulsory dialogues, each learner designed five additional flashcards with dialogues of her choice. The presenter designed and implemented lessons that provided the context to practice each dialogue, and students used the flashcards on a regular basis to carry out verbal exchanges with classmates. To record oral performance, a composite instrument was developed reflecting the main qualitative aspects of spoken interaction: range, accuracy, fluency, interaction and coherence. This instrument, called RAFIC by the author, was used to measure students' interaction abilities both in English and Spanish prior to work with the Interactions Flashcards, and after. RAFIC charts for the A1 band of the CEFR allowed the presenter to calculate the RAFIC quotient, a quantitative measure of student's oral performance on the qualitative aspects of spoken interaction. Results, as measured in terms of the RAFIC quotient, indicate that oral performance and interaction in both English and Spanish were greatly increased through the use of Interactions Flashcards.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colombia