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Motivating students through technology: using media and collaborative technologies in language teaching and learning

Marín García, M. Paz and Astruc, Lluisa (2012). Motivating students through technology: using media and collaborative technologies in language teaching and learning. In: INTED2012, 5-7 March 2012, Valencia, Spain.

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Abstract

We present a language teaching experience designed according to the principles of blended learning. Participants were a group of students from the Universidad Católica de Valencia (Spain) in interaction with a smaller group of native English speakers. The first group was formed by 14 Spanish learners of English of upper intermediate level enrolled in a face-to-face course which involved two weekly teaching sessions in the classroom. The second group had 4 English native speakers. Both groups had experience of working over the internet using a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. The aim of the experience was for the Valencian students to work in groups face-to-face and then interact in an asynchronous forum with the native English speakers. The classroom activities followed these steps: a) preparatory work using different media and focusing on content and vocabulary, b) revision of some grammar points, c) an asynchronous discussion in a forum. Participants filled a survey assessing their preferred learning style. In a follow-up interview, participants reported having enjoyed the experience, feeling very motivated, and wanting to repeat it.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Authors
Extra Information: INTED2012 (6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference)
Edited by L. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, I. Candel Torres
International Association of Technology, Education and Development IATED

INTED2012 Proceedings (ISBN: 978-84-615-5563-5, Depósito Legal: V-630-2012)
pp.1594-1603
Keywords: blended learning; technology; English as a Foreign Language, Moodle; Virtual Learning Environment; ATTLS
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 33833
Depositing User: Lluïsa Astruc
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2012 08:57
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2012 17:48
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33833
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