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Title: Improving fluency through digital storytelling: a proposal for beginner language learners
Author: Behrendt, Tanja
Tutor: Sokolova, Marina
Keywords: digital storytelling
digital skills
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: This thesis aims at exploring how digital storytelling can be used for beginner learners of a foreign language and what benefits it offers for them. Specifically, the research focuses on the development of fluency and the increase of motivation. A pedagogic implementation that is based on the creation of a digital story is developed. The methodology of the implementation puts the learner at the centre of the learning process and focuses on multiliteracies. A pilot of the project was applied with a beginner group of teenaged language learners to discover the effects of digital storytelling on the learners' motivation and fluency. Data was collected with an observation rubric, interviews and the analysis of the students' creations. The results show that the learners engaged better than in usual classes and were able to produce fluent speech during and after the implementation of the project. Minor problems with technology were encountered but they did not hinder successful completion. The short duration of the pilot limits the implication of the study; however, the positive results validate digital storytelling as a beneficial teaching tool and encourage further research into the topic.
Language: English
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