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Title: Vodcasting tasks in online L2 classes: investigating the potentials and challenges in distance language learning

Authors: Sajad Faramarzi; Hossein Heidari Tabrizi; Azizeh Chalak

Addresses: English Department, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Jay St., Arghavanieh Blvd, Isfahan, Iran ' English Department, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Jay St., Arghavanieh Blvd, Isfahan, Iran ' English Department, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Jay St., Arghavanieh Blvd, Isfahan, Iran

Abstract: Video podcasting technology or 'vodcasting' has proven to be in the forefront of distance education in general and computer assisted language learning in particular. It has flourished by minimising the possible needs of learners' physical presence in second language classes and removing their affective barriers. The purpose of this study was to investigate the major potentials and challenges of vodcasting technology in improving major language skills from EFL learners' perspectives. In order to achieve this, 120 EFL students were selected to receive a long term treatment of collaborative online practice of different skills by using Telegram application. The participants received the video podcasting tasks and were assigned to do the tasks collaboratively. At the end of the treatment, they were interviewed about the experience. The results of the semi-structured interview yielded remarkable information about the capabilities of the experience and the challenges which need to be obviated for future studies.

Keywords: distance language learning; listening comprehension; online learning; podcasting; video podcasts; vodcasting.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2021.111589

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2021 Vol.13 No.1, pp.24 - 43

Received: 12 Sep 2019
Accepted: 13 Sep 2019

Published online: 12 Oct 2020 *

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