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ERIC Number: EJ1066236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1533-242X
Short Stories via Computers in EFL Classrooms: An Empirical Study for Reading and Writing Skills
Yilmaz, Adnan
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v15 n1 p41-53 Apr 2015
The present empirical study scrutinizes the use of short stories via computer technologies in teaching and learning English language. The objective of the study is two-fold: to examine how short stories could be used through computer programs in teaching and learning English and to collect data about students' perceptions of this technique via semi-structured face-to-face interview. In the scope of the present study, three different computer programs (Jing, Screencast, and Instant Messaging) and three short stories ("A Dead Woman's Secret" by Guy de Maupassant, "Eveline" by James Joyce, "Hills like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway) were used in order to shed light on the aforementioned objectives. During this approximately three-month long study, 35 ELT students studying at a state university in Turkey carried out a number of prereading/writing, while-reading/writing, and post-reading/writing activities and tasks suggested by different scholars in the field. The content analysis of the 12 semi-structured interviews revealed that the implementation of short stories through computers in language classrooms have some very positive effects on learners' language learning process: drawing attention, raising curiosity, cooperation and giving/receiving feedback, improving reading and writing skills, and increasing L2 motivation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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