Cambridge English Southern Europe

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AR Project 5: Using Web 2.0 technologies to enhance speaking fluency: A journey beyond textbooks

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The purpose of this research was to explore ways to analyse our students’ speaking fluency and use this information to give feedback to students on their speaking fluency development.

Our project aimed firstly at finding ways to help our students to develop their speaking fluency. Our second aim was to measure our students’ fluency using mobile applications for evaluating speech rate, non-lexical fillers and interjections, and to use this information to create learner-orientated targets for improving their fluency. These mobile applications gave a snapshot of our students’ realtime speaking. The main reason we chose to focus on fluency was that we felt our designated course books for General English tend to lack structured activities to develop fluency for learners at intermediate level Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR, Council of Europe 2001) B1–1+ which led to our action research (AR) over two cycles of five weeks.

You can read more in our latest Research Notes issue here.

 

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

July 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

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