Flipping the EFL oral training course via an online learning community

Ming Yi Scott Chen Hsieh, Jie Chi Yang, Wen Chi Vivian Wu

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Abstract

Since the advent of new technology for learning, innovative language instructors have been constantly seeking for new pedagogy to match the potential of technology-enhanced instruction. While the literature is replete with studies supporting the adoption of technologies to facilitate language teaching and learning, research into enhancing EFL learners' oral proficiency by creating an online learning community in a flipped classroom remains scanty. Therefore, the current study aimed to examine the impact of an online learning community in a flipped classroom, specifically via mobile platforms, on EFL learners' oral proficiency and their perceptions. Forty eight English-majored sophomores enrolled in two oral training classes at a four-year comprehensive university in central Taiwan were recruited to participate in this study. A mixed method was employed to analyze multiple sources of data, including pre- and post-tests on oral reading and comprehension questions, a "Community of Inquiry" (CoI) questionnaire, and the teachers' in-class observations. The flipped instruction measured by the CoI indicated that the online learning community not only facilitated meaningful and positive collaboration, but also significantly improved the participants' oral proficiency, making them feel more competent in those highly interactive learning events, such as storytelling, dialogue interaction, class discussion, and group presentations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2015
EditorsYu-Ju Lan, Hsin-Yih Shyu, Chengjiu Yin, Hiroaki Ogata, Wenli Chen, Ming-Fong Jan, Sahana Murthy, Ying-Tien Wu, Siu Cheung Kong, Xiaoqing Gu, Beaumie Kim, Yongwu Miao, Niwat Srisawasdi, Yuping Wang, Chiu-Pin Lin, Carol H.C. Chu, Jari Laru, Miguel Nussbaum, Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, Ju-Ling Shih, Amali Weerasinghe, Weiqin Chen, Feiyue Qiu, Vania Dimitrova, Ching-Kun Hsu, Lung-Hsiang Wong, Maiga Chang, Tore Hoel, Yen-Hui Audrey Li, Jon Mason, Hitoshi Sasaki, Li Zhang
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Pages606-608
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9784990801458
StatePublished - 2015
Event23rd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2015 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: 30 Nov 20154 Dec 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2015

Conference

Conference23rd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2015
Country/TerritoryChina
CityHangzhou
Period30/11/154/12/15

Keywords

  • Community of Inquiry
  • Flipped learning
  • Online learning community
  • Oral training

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