International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online)

Towards a Computer-Based Model to Enhance Vietnamese EFL Learners’ Autonomy in Learning Oral Skills
Pham Huu Duc, PhD

Abstract
This study aims to investigate whether it is possible for Vietnamese learners of English to enhance their autonomy in practicing speaking skills with the use of a computer-based model. The study seeks to make the learners aware of their learning role in speaking tasks through the analysis of data from the pretests and the posttests on the computer. The study focused on a survey of an experimental group and a control group of intermediate level students of English at a university in Vietnam. The experimental group received the treatment in which the students were familiarized with computer-based speaking tests. The results of the study showed that the students in the experimental group performed significantly differently in speaking tests from the ones in the control group. The effective implementation of the model could be considered as a foundation to assess students’ oral performance to help them to be more responsible for their learning.

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