In the past few years, English Central, a website that uses authentic videos to develop the speaking and listening skills of English language learners (ELLs), has become a popular tool used by teachers to supplement classroom practice. The following presentation will outline a research study conducted at a private junior high school in Shiga, Japan that examined the usage patterns of students using the website on a voluntary basis. Data was collected regarding the students' level of motivation to study English as well as their usage and the length of time spent using the website in a school computer lab or at hame. In addition, TOEIC Bridge test was adminsitered before and after the start of the program to gauage the possible correlation between usage of this website and a students score on a standardized test of English language ability. Finally, the participants were interviewed to collect qualitative data regarding the impact of affective factors on the voluntary usage of the English Central site. The data collected in this study seems to indicate that the use of Web 2.0 technology in the language learning classroom may be beneficial and motivating with students of this age group; yet expectations must clearly be defioned to ensure adequate participation.
Daniel Mills, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Olivia Kennedy, Omi Kyodaisha Junior High School, Japan
Stream: Technology in the Classroom
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