Webinars as instructional tools in english language teaching context /

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2014
Başaran, Banu Çiçek
This study investigated the use of webinars as instructional tools in English language education. This study also examined the benefits and challenges of using webinars in ELT, the potential of webinars for language education, and pre-service teachers’ beliefs about webinars in comparison with face-to-face education. Forty pre-service language teachers studying at a public university have participated in this study. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies have been followed. Two questionnaires and one reflection report were administered in the data collection process. The participants were given a post-webinar questionnaire before they made acquaintance with the webinar tool. Following the introduction of the tool and an example webinar lecture, the participants submitted their reflection reports about their initial experience with webinar. The post-webinar questionnaire was utilized after the participants delivered their own webinar presentations. The results of the study showed that webinars can be effective tools for teaching and learning English, especially for listening and speaking skills. The most challenging aspects of webinars were technical and medium related difficulties such as managing the audience while the benefits of the tool were its use in distance education and practicality of the webinar. The results also indicated that the participants believed that they could utilize webinars to teach English; however, the tool needed some improvements for better use. Based on the results of the study some implications have been drawn for webinar use in ELT.

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B. Ç. Başaran, “Webinars as instructional tools in english language teaching context /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.