I help, therefore, I learn: service learning on Web 2.0 in an EFL speaking class

Yu-Chih Sun*, Fang-Ying Yang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The present study integrates service learning into English as a Foreign Language (EFL) speaking class using Web 2.0 tools – YouTube and Facebook – as platforms. Fourteen undergraduate students participated in the study. The purpose of the service-learning project was to link service learning with oral communication training in an EFL speaking class by having each student create two YouTube videos in which they made informative presentations about the university (e.g., transportation system) and the city (e.g., sightseeing spots) in English to international students on campus. A Facebook community was established as a forum for students to share their videos with the international students and peers. The results suggest that the project enhanced EFL students’ public speaking-related skills (e.g., idea and content development, and pronunciation), built their confidence in speaking English, and allowed them to develop their own learning process and strategies. Moreover, Web 2.0 tools endow service learning with new possibilities of reaching a greater number of the target audience and provide the members of the community with alternative means of communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-219
Number of pages18
JournalComputer Assisted Language Learning
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 May 2015

Keywords

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • service learning
  • speaking

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