Factors associated with improvement in oral fluency when using video-synchronous mediated communication with native speakers

Ryan Spring, Fumie Kato, Chikako Mori

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Abstract

Computer-mediated, communication-based foreign language learning programs are showing great promise. Among these, video-synchronous mediated communication seems to offer an effective way to provide speaking practice, although research findings have been inconclusive. Furthermore, among studies that have documented the effectiveness of video-mediated communication, it is not clear why some learners improve more than others. This study reports data from three separate learner groups who engaged in video-synchronous mediated communication with native speakers. Specifically, the study investigated its effectiveness on learners’ oral fluency and explored the impact of enjoyment, target language speaking time, and instructional level on improvement. The data suggest that participation did not necessarily guarantee greater improvement when compared with students in a control group; that instructional level is associated with improvement; that allocated time is associated with a decrease in pausing; and that students’ reasons for enjoying the program, rather than their overall enjoyment, are related to improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-100
Number of pages14
JournalForeign Language Annals
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 1

Keywords

  • Japanese as a foreign language
  • computer-mediated communication
  • postsecondary/higher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language

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