Using Mobile Technology to Enhance English Teaching: EFL Students’ Strategies and Perceptions in a Collaborative Learning Activity
Wednesday, March 28 5:45 PM-7:00 PM Location: Edison Ballroom D
Presider: Rashid Khan, DCC- King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
Abstract: For EFL learners, English speaking is the most difficult skill and the most anxiety-provoking aspect of the four language skills. In recent years, the advancing mobile technologies have encouraged the development of technology-enhanced language learning which provides new possibilities for EFL teachers and students. The study developed a learning model that combined mobile devices and applications (VoiceTube and Facebook) that assisted students to practice English speaking in a collaborative way. In the study, ten EFL undergraduate students participated in a six-week mobile-assisted collaborative speaking activity. In the activity, every pair used their mobile device video recording features to produce collaborative reflection videos in English based on co-selected videos, uploaded these videos to Facebook, and received comments from others. In addition, each of them kept a learning diary and made an entry every week. After the activity, their collaborative reflection videos, learning diaries, open-response questionnaires and interviews were analyzed. The findings showed that the features of mobile devices and the design of the activity provided great opportunities for students to practice English speaking. Besides, most of them held positive attitudes toward the activity.