Smartphone Screen Recording Apps: An Effective Tool to Enhance Fluency in the English Language

Aplicaciones de grabación de pantalla para teléfonos inteligentes: una herramienta eficaz para mejorar la fluidez en el idioma inglés

Keywords: smartphones, video recording app, fluency, speaking activities (en_US)
Keywords: teléfonos inteligentes, aplicación de grabación de video, fluidez, actividades de conversación (es_ES)

Abstract (en_US)

This investigation intended to assess the effectiveness of smartphone video recording applications in increasing the speaking fluency of students of English as a foreign language (EFL). The study was conducted on a group of thirty-one 7th grade students aged between 12 and 13 years and enrolled in a subsidised school in Chile. The convenience sampling method was employed to select the participating students and the participants’ manner of communication was analysed through several English speaking sessions in which they used their smartphone video recording applications. Data collection was undertaken through pre- and post-speaking tasks used in this action research. The collected data were examined using a specific analytic rubric and a focus group interview. Data analysis was accomplished via two techniques: a simple percentage analysis and a thematic examination. The findings revealed an increase in the speaking fluency of the participating students, specifically with regard to the ‘pace’ criterion identified in the analytic rubric used to assess improvement in the speaking performance of students as evidenced by video recordings. Also, the results of the focus group interview conducted with the students evidenced the participants’ positive response to the use of smartphone recording video applications in ameliorating their English communication fluency.

Abstract (es_ES)

Esta investigación pretende evaluar la efectividad de las aplicaciones de grabación de vídeo en teléfonos inteligentes para aumentar la fluidez oral de los estudiantes de inglés como lengua extranjera (ILE). El estudio se llevó a cabo en un grupo de 31 alumnos de 7º grado de entre 12 y 13 años de edad, matriculados en una escuela subvencionada en Chile. Se utilizó el método de muestreo de conveniencia para seleccionar a los estudiantes participantes y se analizó la forma de comunicación de los participantes a través de varias sesiones de habla inglesa en las que utilizaron las aplicaciones de grabación de vídeo de sus teléfonos inteligentes. La recopilación de datos se llevó a cabo a través de las tareas de conversación previas y posteriores, asignadas para esta investigación-acción. Los datos recolectados fueron examinados usando una rúbrica analítica específica y una entrevista de grupo focal. El análisis de los datos se realizó mediante dos técnicas: un análisis porcentual simple y un examen temático. Los hallazgos revelaron un aumento en la fluidez del habla de los estudiantes participantes, específicamente con respecto al criterio de “ritmo” establecido en la rúbrica analítica utilizada para evaluar la mejora en el rendimiento oral de los estudiantes, tal y como se evidencia en las grabaciones de vídeo. Además, los resultados de la entrevista de grupo focal llevada a cabo con los estudiantes pusieron de manifiesto la respuesta positiva de los participantes al uso de aplicaciones de grabación de vídeo en teléfonos inteligentes para mejorar su fluidez en la comunicación en inglés.

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How to Cite
Pardo Soto, C. V., & Cisterna Zenteno, C. (2019). Smartphone Screen Recording Apps: An Effective Tool to Enhance Fluency in the English Language. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 21(2), 208-229. https://doi.org/10.14483/22487085.14202
Published: 2019-11-07
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Research Articles