Title

Extending a learning ecology with virtual reality mobile technology: Oral proficiency outcomes and students’ perceptions

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

School

School of Education

RAS ID

44329

Comments

Hoang, D. T. N., McAlinden, M., & Johnson, N. F. (2022). Extending a learning ecology with virtual reality mobile technology: Oral proficiency outcomes and students’ perceptions. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17501229.2022.2070626

Abstract

Purpose This paper aimed to explore the potential of virtual reality (VR) to develop the oral proficiency of English as Foreign Language (EFL) students and their perceptions of using VR mobile technology in EFL learning. Design/methodology/approach Drawn from an ecological perspective utilizing a mixed methods design, 23 students in an undergraduate English language program were invited to take part in a VR intervention with pre- and post-test assessments on oral proficiency, followed by individual face-to-face interviews. Findings and originality/value The quantitative findings showed that there were significant changes in overall oral proficiency, with notable differences in fluency and coherence, lexical resource, and pronunciation, and a slightly significant difference in grammatical range and accuracy. Interviews with the students revealed detailed affordances of VR in supporting the language learning process. Findings also indicated potential challenges and limitations that can arise from the use of VR mobile technology in EFL classrooms.

DOI

10.1080/17501229.2022.2070626

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Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces

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