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Digital Storytelling to Promote EFL Students’ Motivation and Efficiency in Content-Based Classroom
Education Journal
Volume 5, Issue 6, November 2016, Pages: 166-173
Received: Nov. 14, 2016; Accepted: Nov. 29, 2016; Published: Dec. 16, 2016
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Jing Xie, College of Foreign Languages, China Three Gorges University, Yichang, China
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Digital story, featured with short and narrative personal video using images, voice, and sound effects to convey meaning, has become a powerful form for creative and engaging student projects. To exemplify whether it functions in Chinese EFL content-based classroom, this article reports on a one-year teaching project in which students were introduced to this new method and created digital stories in small groups in a content-based course in a Chinese university. The project aims to explore how digital storytelling can influence students’ motivation and efficiency in EFL learning and to what extent. Various forms of learning products were collected, including digital story videos, slides of PowerPoint, and written reports related to their process of making digital stories. Results showed that digital storytelling opened a new door for EFL learners and can be an effective way to promote students’ motivation and efficiency in EFL content-based instruction. Implications applicable to teachers of various contexts were concluded.
Digital Storytelling, Motivation, Efficiency, EFL Learners, Content-Based Instruction
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Jing Xie, Digital Storytelling to Promote EFL Students’ Motivation and Efficiency in Content-Based Classroom, Education Journal. Vol. 5, No. 6, 2016, pp. 166-173. doi: 10.11648/
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