VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Employing Facebook To Develop Learners’ Speaking Skills
Hue Thi Pham

Building: A11
Room: 2nd floor Reading Room-A11 Building
Date: 2018-10-12 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-16

Abstract


Recently, people have witnessed the increasing use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education generally and English language teaching & learning particularly. Among a broad array of ICT tools, Facebook has been widely recognized as a powerful one to enhance students’ English skills (Manan et al., 2012). Not only does Facebook offer language learners chances better understanding of the target language, but it is likely to enhances their language skills through social interaction (Long, 1985). This four-month study is aimed at investigating the extent to which Facebook impacts on the development of students in terms of speaking abilities. Nineteen English major freshmen at Nam Dinh College of Education were called for voluntary participation, with the help of direct intervention. During the study period, students worked in close collaboration with each other on a basis of checklist agreed by the whole class. The digital collaborative works were delivered on the Facebook group, subsequently inviting the teacher and other students to provide feedback on their videos based on the agreed criteria. Data were collected from questionnaires and semi-structured interviews, showing that Facebook has positive effects on students’ speaking skills in terms of confidence, pronunciation, vocabulary, and fluency. As a vehicle for future relevant research, implications for technologies and collaborative learning in language teaching will be also presented.

 


Keywords


ICTs, Facebook, speaking skills