Digital Storytelling for Better Language Learning in a Post Pandemic World


The purpose of this research is to compare digital storytelling (DST) in a remote course, held in the Spring term of 2022 during the pandemic, with that of a traditional face to face (F2F) course, held in the Fall term of 2019 before the pandemic, in terms of student learning motivation. The findings suggest how to conduct DST for more effective language learning in F2F courses, by utilizing what was learned through remote learning. This study reports how DST assignments were perceived by students in the remote learning course in 2022 by comparing them with the result of an F2F course held in 2019. In both courses, the study goal was to acquire skills and knowledge to present ideas and messages effectively with the use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and English. There were two main assignments in both courses: storytelling (ST) as the midterm assignment and DST as the final assignment. The participants’ department (ICT-related major) and English proficiency level (basic or intermediate level) are similar, and conditions were almost identical in both courses except for the course styles; F2F and remote learning. Thirty students enrolled in each course, and of these, 16 students in the F2F course in 2019, and 20 students in the remote learning course in 2022 answered all the questionnaires (pre, midterm and post), had taken two tests (midterm and final), and agreed to participate in this research. Although the results of this study cannot be generalized due to the small sample sizes, it can be said that DST in remote classes was received positively in terms of learning motivation in general by most students. The results suggest that DST with optional Zoom support meetings and recorded video materials could become effective aids in future F2F courses. The changes in educational methods brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic could become a good opportunity for better education in the future. Future F2F courses would be better than traditional F2F courses by integrating what has been learned during the pandemic.

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Naoko Kasami, J. F. Oberlin University, Japan

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Conference: WorldCALL2023
Stream: Distance / Online Learning

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Kasami N. (2024) Digital Storytelling for Better Language Learning in a Post Pandemic World ISSN: 2759-1182 – WorldCALL2023: Conference Proceedings
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