A Hybrid Methodology to Improve Speaking Skills in English Language Learning Using Mobile Applications
Santiago Criollo-C, Andrea Guerrero-Arias, Jack Vidal, Ángel Jaramillo-Alcázar, Sergio Luján-Mora
Applied Sciences, 12(18), p. 1-22, 2022. ISSN: 2076-3417. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12189311
(APPLSCI'22b) Revista / Journal
The main objective of this research is a working example of how a hybrid methodology combining traditional methodologies and mobile devices can be used to contribute to the literature on mobile learning in teaching English as a second language. This work was carried out because, in many Latin American countries, students are taught English as a second language throughout their primary and secondary education. However, at the end of their studies, most students are unable to communicate with other people in English, let alone with native speakers. Moreover, it must be taken into account that nowadays English is the most widely used language in international communications, business transactions, finance and science. The professional who knows how to communicate in English has a positive differentiator in his or her professional profile and can easily access more relevant positions in any institution. For this purpose, a review of different methodologies for teaching oral expression in English has been carried out. Metrics have also been used to choose an effective mobile application to reinforce English speaking. These analyzed methodologies have been combined with the use of a mobile application to propose a hybrid methodology that contemplates an eight-week class guide. Due to the characteristics of mobile learning, this work can help to motivate students in their learning and in improving their communicative skills in the English language. High school teachers can use this methodology as an innovation in their educational programs.