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The effects of virtual exchanges on oral skills and motivation

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dc.contributor.author Canals, Laia
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-09T17:54:06Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-09T17:54:06Z
dc.date.issued 2020-10
dc.identifier.citation Canals, L. (2020). The effects of virtual exchanges on oral skills and motivation. Language Learning & Technology, 24(3), 103–119. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/44742
dc.identifier.issn 1094-3501
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/44742
dc.description.abstract The present study aims to assess the benefits of participating in a virtual language exchange (VE) for practicing oral skills with native speakers by measuring learners’ motivation to learn the language, communicate, and collaborate. The oral language development of advanced learners of English at a Spanish university was compared with a control group from the same class who did not participate in the VE. This study’s motivation was two-fold: 1) pilot testing the VE project before making it mainstream and offering it as an integral part of this university’s language courses, and 2) testing whether that increased advanced learners’ purpose and motivation to communicate with others in the target language. Data were gathered from learners’ oral grades and two questionnaires to report on the participants’ experiences and examine the VEs’ potential to support the development of oral skills. Quantitative analyses of learners’ oral grades and questionnaires revealed that the VE contributed to boosting their oral skills, increased their motivation to learn the foreign language, and added a sense of purpose to collaborate with other learners while carrying out communicative tasks. Findings also suggest that improvement in oral skills was more noticeable among lower-proficiency learners taking part in the VE.
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher Center for Language & Technology
dc.publisher (co-sponsored by Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, University of Texas at Austin)
dc.subject Computer-Mediated Communication
dc.subject Task-based Instruction
dc.subject Collaborative Learning
dc.subject Video
dc.title The effects of virtual exchanges on oral skills and motivation
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.volume 24
prism.number 3
prism.startingpage 103
prism.endingpage 119
Appears in Collections: Volume 24 Number 3, October 2020


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