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Gallacher, Andrew; Thompson, Andrew; Howarth, Mark – Research-publishing.net, 2018
Japanese university students (N=253) conversed with human and Artificially intelligent (AI) chatbot partners then recorded their perceptions of these interactions via open-ended written feedback. This data was qualitatively analyzed to gain a better understanding of the merits and demerits of using chatbots for English study from the students'…
Descriptors: Robotics, Student Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Malessa, Eva – Research-publishing.net, 2018
This study investigated what log files can reveal about learner behaviour of low- and non-literate adults learning to read for the first time in Finnish as a second language. The participants' reading development was supported by practising in an online training environment. Log files, automatically created user-computer interaction records, were…
Descriptors: Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Finno Ugric Languages, Second Language Learning
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Ohashi, Louise – Research-publishing.net, 2018
There has been interest in learner autonomy in the field of language education for many years but the role of the teacher remains uncertain. In Japan, where this research was conducted, it is not commonplace for comprehensive programs that foster autonomous learning to be integrated into formal English education, but some institutions and…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Personal Autonomy, Teacher Role, Second Language Learning
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Kasami, Naoko – Research-publishing.net, 2018
Digital storytelling is an educational practice which has attracted the attention of many experts. However, there has been little research on the disadvantages of digital storytelling assignments from the students' perspectives in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) education. Addressing difficulties or problems which are likely to occur in…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication
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Kwon, Oh-Woog; Kim, Young-Kil; Lee, Yunkeun – Research-publishing.net, 2018
This paper presents a rule-based task-oriented dialogue system for second language learning and a knowledge extraction method which automatically extracts the training data for Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and dialogue rules for dialogue management from a Dialogue Map (DM). The DM consists of turn-by-turn utterances between the system and…
Descriptors: Graphs, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Martínez-Sáez, Antonio; Corral-Esteban, Avelino; Vinagre-Laranjeira, Margarita – Research-publishing.net, 2018
With the integration of new technologies in the foreign language classroom, the practice of collaborative writing has gained renewed attention, although some questions still remain unanswered regarding the extent to which these tools help learners in their writing when compared to more traditional learning contexts (Elola & Oskoz, 2010). In…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Undergraduate Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Gimeno-Sanz, Ana; Sevilla-Pavón, Ana; Martínez-Sáez, Antonio – Research-publishing.net, 2018
This paper focusses on the (re)design and conversion process of small-scale English as a Foreign Language (EFL) online courseware into a Massive Open Online (Language) Course -- or LMOOC, as it is commonly termed -- for upper-intermediate learners of English offered on edX, one of the most popular MOOC platforms. It stems from the "InGenio…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Grimshaw, Jennica; Bione, Tiago; Cardoso, Walcir – Research-publishing.net, 2018
The current study compared five free Text-To-Speech (TTS) systems, selected based on characteristics such as availability and capabilities. Tasks were completed by 37 English learners to evaluate these systems in terms of their comprehensibility, naturalness, and intelligibility. Our findings indicate that IBM Watson and Google Translate are the…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Educational Technology, Audio Equipment, Comprehension
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Kennedy, Olivia – Research-publishing.net, 2018
Problematic smartphone usage has been widely recognized (e.g. Al-Barashidi, Bouazza, & Jabur, 2015; Chóliz, 2012). However, few researchers have investigated the relationship between students' feelings towards their smartphones and their acceptance of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL). This exploratory study of thirty-six Japanese…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Computer Attitudes
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Lyddon, Paul A. – Research-publishing.net, 2018
Digital technologies have proliferated communications between speakers of different languages, but the widespread use of online machine translation has now become a disruptive force for foreign language education, as it permits intelligible exchanges between persons with little or no knowledge of a foreign tongue. As machine translation technology…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Intercultural Communication
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Healy, Sandra; Tsubota, Yasushi; Kudo, Yumiko – Research-publishing.net, 2018
Globalization has led to an increased need for Japanese students to improve their communicative abilities in order to compete on the world stage. As a result, the Japanese government has reformed the English education system in Japan to focus on more practical communication. Due to a lack of time and resources available to do this successfully,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Papin, Kevin – Research-publishing.net, 2018
This paper presents a research proposal that aims at examining the impact of communicative tasks mediated by Virtual Reality (VR) on second language (L2) Willingness To Communicate (WTC) outside of the classroom. The study will take place in Montreal, a Canadian city known for its regional variety of French and the bilingualism of its population,…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Computer Mediated Communication, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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Komppa, Johanna; Kotilainen, Lari – Research-publishing.net, 2018
This paper discusses the possibilities for Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) in the workplace. We present an on-going project on developing a language learning application Appla and report on a pilot study of its use. The Appla application is based on speech recognition: it records and transcribes the ongoing interaction the language…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology
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Liakin, Denis; Cardoso, Walcir; Waddington, David; Liakina, Natallia – Research-publishing.net, 2018
This study explores the pedagogical use of "Astronautes Français Langue Seconde (Astronautes FLS)", a cooperative digital game, in second/foreign language (L2) French teaching. It has two goals: (1) to introduce "Astronautes FLS" and its conceptualization, and (2) to report the results of a feasibility study in which we…
Descriptors: French, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Pappa, Giouli; Papadima-Sophocleous, Salomi – Research-publishing.net, 2018
"Serious Games [SGs] are applications combining educational content with gameplay by integrating learning objectives into a game-like environment" (Thillainathan & Leimeister, 2014, p. 1). However, they have not been used much in language teacher education and training (Ulicsak, 2010). This paper describes the design of…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Second Language Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction, Creative Writing
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