Share Paper: Measuring Student Speaking Time During EFL Conversation Sessions at a Self-Access Center

  1. Shogo Toyoda, Future University Hakodate, Japan
  2. Andrew Johnson, Future University Hakodate, Japan

Abstract: Unless specifically in a language-focused major, most university students in Japan have few opportunities to practice speaking English. Language Learning Spaces (LLS) can provide this opportunity to motivated students. The authors’ university offers an LLS called Connections Café where students can volunteer to practice speaking in English in small groups with facilitators from various countries. As student participation has increased in recent years, individuals in sessions have less opportunities to speak. However, the actual amount of speaking done by the participants in the sessions is unknown to the managers of Connections Café. This project set out to create a tool ...