Enriching the EFL literature classroom in Taiwan with videos and blogs from a native speaker
Pin-hsiang Natalie Wu, Chienkuo Technology University, Taiwan ; Michael Marek, Wayne State College, United States ; Wen-chi Vivian Wu, Providence University, Taiwan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper presents results of a project in which Taiwanese EFL students taking an English language literature course viewed videos and blog entries prepared for the class by a native English speaker in the United States. The videos addressed specific cultural issues in the English language short stories assigned in the class by the local Taiwanese teacher. The videos were offered to students in a blog written specifically for EFL students. After viewing the video, students interacted with the native speaker via blog comments. The custom-made videos were placed on YouTube.com, and then embedded in the blog on the popular Taiwan social networking site Wretch.cc. This paper presents the technical and learning environments of the project and discusses student perceptions, including improved learning interest, general language improvement, strengthened will for intercultural communication, as well as student reaction to the team teaching approach used in the project.
Wu, P.h.N., Marek, M. & Wu, W.c.V. (2009). Enriching the EFL literature classroom in Taiwan with videos and blogs from a native speaker. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2339-2342). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
© 2009 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)