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ID : 298
Original submission :
Title : Integrating Technology in Communicative Language Activities to Motivate Learners to Speak English
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

Nowadays, most English teachers have widely applied Communicative Language Teaching activities (the CLT activities) in English classrooms as a foreign language (EFL) because of their outstanding effectiveness. In EFL classrooms of mixed – level learners and large class sizes, some of the learners may, however, obtain more benefits from these activities than others while speaking English. Some critics have also argued that the CLT activities are not sufficient enough to acquire a target language (L2) because they are implemented only within a monolingual community. This study aimed to explore the advantages and disadvantages of the CLT activities in teaching English speaking skills; evaluate the effectiveness of the integration of computer and smartphone assistants in the CLT activities to motivate learners to speak English. In this study, data was collected from sixty Vietnamese learners in classes at the Center for English as a foreign language in the Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam. Using a mixed method design, this study deployed a range of data collection methods including the template training session, online questionnaire, observation, and semi-structured interviews which were conducted with a focus group of ten learners. The findings revealed that despite many benefits for strongly raising learner’s motivations to speak English in EFL classrooms, the CLT activities had problems due to lower-level and unmotivated learners. Interestingly, the findings also suggested that the integration of computer and smartphone assistants in the CLT activities not only facilitates the linguistic environment for English speaking practice out of the class but also enhances the learners’ English speaking ability.

Keywords : Communicative Language Teaching activities, computer and smartphone assistants, linguistic environment, learning motivations, mixed – level learners
Conference theme : Application of technology to the language classroom
Presentation times :
Main presenter : Mr. My Nguyen
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Affiliation : HCMC University of Education (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
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Biography :

Mr. Nguyen Van My has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Vietnam for many years. His research interests are learner autonomy and motivation approaches to English language teaching and applied linguistics (Compare-Contrast linguistic).

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Date added : Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 2:38 PM [JST]
Date modified : Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 3:36 PM [JST]
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Peer review :
Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 310-P
Schedule day : Aug 10th (Sat)
Schedule time : 09: 45 - 10: 10
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : A103
Schedule room seats : 30 seats
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