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Internet Videoconferencing to Improve EFL Learning

Conference on English Teaching and Global Communication,


This presentation describes the methodology used by Dr. Michael Marek of Wayne State College, Nebraska USA, and Dr. Vivian Wu of Chienkuo Technology University, Taiwan, for English language instruction in Taiwan using Internet videoconferencing, and their research findings after three semesters. Initial student reaction was positive. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation indicated a statistically significant increase in motivation as a result of the interactions. Abundant literature is clear that when motivation increases, ability and confidence follow. Students cited several elements of the instructional design in explaining their increased proficiency: the sessions' emphasis on subjects interesting and pertinent to young adults, including American culture and traditions; spontaneous and authentic interaction with a native speaker; and the implementation of techniques to lessen anxiety. Female students reported more of an increase in motivation then their male counterparts. The positive results suggest a new avenue for foreign language instruction around the world that makes use of student-centered, active learning.


Marek, M.W. (2008). Internet Videoconferencing to Improve EFL Learning. Presented at Conference on English Teaching and Global Communication 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2022 from .

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