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ERIC Number: EJ1135930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1642-1027
Pecha Kucha Style Powerpoint Presentation: An Innovative Call Approach to Developing Oral Presentation Skills of Tertiary Students
Murugaiah, Puvaneswary
Teaching English with Technology, v16 n1 p88-104 2016
In computer-assisted language learning (CALL), technological tools are often used both as an end and as a means to an end (Levy & Stockwell, 2006). Microsoft PowerPoint is an example of the latter as it is commonly used in oral presentations in classrooms. However, many student presentations are often boring as students generally read from text-heavy PowerPoint slides. Such presentations do not assist students in developing their oral presentation skills. Pecha Kucha (PK) is an innovative and creative PowerPoint presentation format that can help to overcome this. It features the use of twenty slides containing visuals with minimal text that are presented in twenty seconds. This study reports on the use of the PK presentation format to enhance the development of second language (L2) oral presentation skills among tertiary students at Universiti Sains Malaysia. It was carried out among thirty distant learners who worked in groups to complete a task-based activity using the PK format. Data were gathered from students' focus group interview responses as well as the researcher's observations to inform the impact of this format on the development of presentation skills and the challenges faced in employing it. Findings revealed that while the format is functional in supporting collaborative learning and fostering L2 oral presentation skills, it posed challenges to students with low proficiency levels. To maximise the potential benefits of PK as a CALL strategy, this study, therefore, suggests the inclusion of more pedagogical support and training.
IATEFL Poland Computer Special Interest Group / University of Nicosia / Maria Curie-Sklodowska University. Ul. J. Sowinskiego 17, 20-041 Lublin, Poland. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
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