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Teaching English by Skype: Theoretical and Practical Considerations from the Perspective of Serbian English Teachers

  • Marija Milojković
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Abstract

As digital technology and the Internet continue developing, teachers have more possibilities of applying technology to enhance second language acquisition. However, when opting for any piece of modern technology, teachers and education professionals need to consider the theoretical and practical implications of using such technologies in the learning process. The present study investigates the potentials and drawbacks of using Skype to conduct one-on-one English language classes based on the opinions and attitudes of 68 experienced online English teachers in Serbia. It addresses questions regarding how to prepare for Skype lessons in terms of necessary computer skills and background information about the learner, whether Skype enables learners to practice different language skills, what kinds of materials teachers recommend using, and what the general advantages and disadvantages of Skype classes are. The data for the study were obtained via a questionnaire comprising open-ended and Likert scale questions and the results were analyzed both from a quantitative and a qualitative perspective. The findings confirm the great potential of using Skype in English language teaching but also point to certain limitations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marija Milojković
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  1. 1.Graduate Academic Studies of Philology, Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of NišNišSerbia

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