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The impact of the WBT use for EFL learners' self-fulfillment: a challenge for a waveform viewer using digital tablet
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, , Hiroshima International University, Japan ; , Kyoto Seibo College, Japan ; , Wakayama University, Japan

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Abstract: The present paper investigated the effects of WBT (web-based training) use on EFL (English as a Foreign Language) learners in Japan, where they have few opportunities to be exposed to the target language in daily life. The ten-week intervention was conducted, comparing the shadowing task approach (SH approach) in a classroom with WBT available with the same approach in a regular classroom without WBT. The former showed significant improvements in reading and “listening perception (defined below)” test scores. The approach using a WBT environment might help lower-level EFL learners to have good access to target language pronunciation as well as language use, with its scaffolding effects resulting in improvements in “listening perception”, one of the bottom-up processing skills. Based on this result, we have been developing a waveform viewer using digital tablet to enhance the scaffolding effects for EFL learners’ aural-oral skill development.

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Kuramoto, A., Ochi, T., Nishida, H. & Isobe, Y. (2011). The impact of the WBT use for EFL learners' self-fulfillment: a challenge for a waveform viewer using digital tablet. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2011--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 250-256). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 22, 2019 from .

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