A Social Based Language Learning for CALL Environment to Develop Japanese Students’ English Communication Skills
Tuesday, October 18 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Location: Lana'i
Presider: Sarah Haavind, Lesley University, United States
Abstract: Pre-college curricula, culture, and inadequate exposure to authentic communicative situations could be responsible for the difficulty in communicative English among Japanese college students. Additionally, Japan recognizes the TOEIC score as an authentic proof of English ability. These facts have encouraged Japanese universities to invest in CALL classrooms for CLT and drill-based TOEIC preparation without a clear pedagogy. This study proposes S-BaLL method that allows a blend of the drill-based TOEIC preparation and CLT to ensure authentic English communication. Students identify difficulties at the drill-based TOEIC preparation stage, and engage in group activities to solve the problems by turn-taking. An experiment conducted with a class of undergraduate students to ascertain students’ attitude in S-BaLL showed that most of the students were encouraged to participate. However, a few students found S-BaLL not encouraging for TOEIC preparation, and some others also preferred text to voice chat.