Project-Based Foreign Language Learning in a Mobile-Blended Collaborative Learning Setting: A Case Study of EFL Learners
Thursday, March 9 10:55 AM-11:15 AM Location: Capitol H
Abstract: This paper reports on a part of a case study of a set of English foreign language learners who participated in a project work involving both synchronous and asynchronous collaborative interactions mediated through a social messaging application, WhatsApp. The purpose of the study was to explore how the students who usually experience lack of exposure to the target language in real-life settings engaged in an out-of-class activity as working in small groups and receiving instant feedback from their instructor, and as a result, improving their language skills. Following a range of interviews, peer evaluations, assessment of the students’ products and group conversations, the effects of the use of WhatsApp on the students’ language learning were analyzed. Finally, this paper discusses the implications for informal collaborative learning and instant feedback in relation to the outcomes of the study.