International Journal of Educational Technology and Learning <p>The International Journal of Educational Technology and Learning (IJETL) is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Scientific Publishing Institute.</p> en-US Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:30:25 +0000 OJS 60 The Benefits of Using Facebook Live for Listening Activities in A Korean University EFL Classroom <p>Although the methods and mediums of receiving information have rapidly changed, the main method of presenting listening activities in an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom has not. More and more people are using social networking services (SNSs) as their source for daily information, yet most EFL classrooms still use voice only recordings for listening activities. To keep up with the changes and to provide students with real authentic listening experiences, many teachers have begun to use SNSs in their classrooms. This paper examines the strengths and weaknesses of using Facebook Live as an authentic source for listening activities in an EFL classroom. The data collected revealed a variety of strengths and weaknesses of this application, and showed potential for use within the classroom and for allowing students to practice listening outside the classroom.</p> Chris Kobylinski ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Constraints Hindering Adoption of ICT in Government Secondary Schools in Tanzania: The Case of Hanang District <p>This paper addresses teachers’ skills on ICT Integration in teaching and learning and constraints that hinder the adoption in Government owned secondary schools. The study employed a cross-section research design which guided the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data. Simple random sampling was employed in the selection of participants of which data were collected from 75 teachers in government secondary schools, 15 Heads of Schools, 1 DEO and 3 Quality Assurers. Questionnaires and interviews were used to obtain data. Qualitative data were analysed through content analysis while descriptive statistics was used to analyse quantitative data with the aid of SPSS version 21. The findings revealed that, most of the secondary school teachers had minimal skills of integrating ICT in teaching and learning due to different challenges such as lack of ICT facilities, inadequate computer labs in schools, and inadequate pre-service and in-service teachers training. Finally, the paper recommends a holistic approach in harmonising the curriculum requirements and the ICT policy strategies so as to create awareness among teachers, thus develop the required ICT pedagogical skills.</p> Kunda Humphrey Kweka, Placidius Ndibalema ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000 "English for Academic Purposes in the Korean University Context: Teachers’ Opinions on What is Being Taught, How it is Being Taught, and Possible Improvements" <p>As the use of English in the academic world increases around the world, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) continues to grow. The increase in demand for EAP courses and teachers often finds English teachers having to prepare students to study in fields that they themselves might not be familiar with or teach a style of course they might not have done before. In addition to these obstacles, there are many institutional barriers that prevent teachers from teaching EAP properly. This paper examines these problems in the South Korean university context. Currently many Native English Speaking (NES) English teachers are transitioning from teaching Commutative Language Teaching (CLT) classes to teaching EAP courses and are experiencing many problems and barriers as they transition and teach EAP. 10 NES university teachers were interviewed in order to gather qualitative data about their experiences in teaching EAP courses in an attempt to better understand the current situation in many Korean universities. The data gathered revealed many similar problems and led to ideas for possible improvement on many levels.</p> Chris Kobylinski, Richard Prasad ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Integration of the Video Response App FlipGrid in the Business Writing Classroom <p>In business English writing classes, second language learners can be reticent to speak about their writings. To combat this and give students more opportunities to practice speaking and allow instructors the ability to measure the engagement, a video capture tool is needed that will enable students to have conversations asynchronously and produce the language vocally outside of class. Recently a tool was developed where speaking tasks can be created using a video response service called FlipGrid. This web-based educational technology tool gives instructors the means to help students increase their productive language skills by increasing the time students spend speaking outside class, with the added accountability of video. Both spontaneous and planned vocal practice assignments can be created with this tool resulting in more student engagement and speaking practice. This paper discusses the need and rationale for using the service and shares the results of a class evaluation after implementing the video capture tool in a business writing class. The assessment discovered that students found the tool easy to use and noticed increases with both their perceived time speaking English between classes and their perceived English-speaking confidence.</p> Terrill Reid McLain ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000 The Factors Impact on Students' Actual Research Activity in Public Universities in Hanoi, Vietnam <p>This research aims at identifying and evaluating the factors that affect students' actual research activity. The selected organization for the study is 5 public universities in Hanoi city, Vietnam. The research results have shown that six groups of factors are positively correlated with students' actual research activity, that are: The facilities and financial condition of university; The link between university and business; Program and training organization activities of the university; Teaching methods of lecturer; Student learning motivation; The support of the student family. These groups of factors were measured in 28 observational variables and explained 62.6% the change of dependent variable. Analyse and evaluating the influencing level of these factors to the student actual research activities will help the managers at the universities; the businesses or student parents can notice and have effective measures to enhance the actual research activities for students in various forms, improve the quality of training in order to meet the increasing requirements of the labour market.</p> Hoang Thanh Tung, Nguyen Thi Van Anh ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000