Educational Technology for Developing ESOL Language Skills: Inspiration from an Experimental Research
John Ronghua Ouyang, University of orth Florida, United States ; Zhiyuan Chen, Appalachian State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Educational technology has been integrated in an ESOL master degree program. An 8-week experimental research with 20 participants in experimental and control groups has confirmed that Song Video Clips have positively facilitated students from lower economic states with lower learning motivation in Puebla, Mexico to improve their English listening and reading skills. The results showed a significant difference of mean scores in the post-tests between experimental and control groups in listening (t =17.56, p 0.05) and in reading (t =18.58, p 0.05). However, along with increasingly developed educational technology, Internet applications, and mobile learning devices, traditional ESOL instruction and leaning will face more challenges, ESOL trainers, instructors and students can take more advantages of advanced technology, such as Blogs, Wiki, iPhone, YouTube, online reference and translation tools etc. for more effective teaching and learning.
Ouyang, J.R. & Chen, Z. (2010). Educational Technology for Developing ESOL Language Skills: Inspiration from an Experimental Research. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1386-1390). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).