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Using Technology to Develop Academic Oral Skills in English as a Foreign Language – Preliminary Results
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, Federal University ofMinas Gerais, Brazil

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The present research paper investigates the affordances of online tools perceived by Brazilian learners of English who want to develop oral skills in the language, especially those interested in taking part of mobility programs in English-speaking universities. Taking into consideration the dominance of the English language as the medium for higher education, the widespread use of Internet among university students and the affordances of online tools for language learning, the objective of this study is to investigate how online tools can help students develop academic oral skills in English. Preliminary data for this pilot study include students’ responses to questionnaires on the use of online tools for learning and students’ performance on activities from a course on academic oral skills delivered online at Moodle. The results showed that learners resort to the Internet to get information, socialize and learn. They used YouTube, dictionaries and social networks to learn languages.

Citation

Carneiro, M. (2015). Using Technology to Develop Academic Oral Skills in English as a Foreign Language – Preliminary Results. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 217-222). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 19, 2019 from .

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