Title: Using multimedia computer-assisted language learning to promote oral interaction for Chinese learners
Authors: Yaoyi Jiang; Lin Guan
School of Foreign Languages, Beijing Forestry University, 35 Qing Hu Dong Lu Road, Haidian Dist., Beijing, 100083, China
Institute of Communication Studies, Communication University of China, 1 Ding Fu Zhuang DongJie, Chaoyang Dist., Beijing, 100024, China
Abstract: An extensive body of research has established the efficacy of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in developing interaction in the field of language education. Aiming to offer Chinese English-as-a-foreignlanguage (EFL) teachers more detailed implication and guidance in promoting oral interaction of learners, this study examined and evaluated the correlation between interaction modes and multimedia tasks. The results show that there was no one-one correlation between the tasks types and the interaction modes, but the task types did affect the quality of interaction. The participants were also generally positive towards the CALL tasks. This paper presents the design of the study and its major findings. Implications for instructional design of CALL tasks to promote oral interaction are proposed.
Keywords: oral interaction; interaction modes; multimedia task types; interaction quality; English as a foreign language; EFL; computer-assisted language learning; CALL; computer-assisted learning; CAL; China; instructional design.
Int. J. of Information Technology and Management, 2014 Vol.13, No.1, pp.72 - 82
Submission date: 02 Nov 2012
Date of acceptance: 16 May 2013
Available online: 05 Feb 2014