Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Digital Storytelling: A Case Study of the Creation, and Narration of a Story by EFL Learners

Betlem Soler Pardo

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The use of technology to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) has been greatly expanded in recent decades, and has also been construed by educators as a fresh alternative to traditional pedagogy. Digital Storytelling can offer this alternative as, without neglecting the target of improving teaching quality, it has been proved to be a successful instructional tool to teach EFL (Gregori-Signes,2008a; 2012), since it can combine the advantages and success of traditional storytelling with the innovations of new technologies to teach a foreign language. The aim of this case-study is to foster students’ writing and speaking skills (Reinders, 2011) by engaging them in a project in which traditional and digital narrative are combined, with the primary goal of reinforcing foreign language acquisition and development for students of EFL. First, I shall examine some of the distinctive features of the DST. Secondly, I shall describe the process students had followed in order to complete the task; and, finally, I shall discuss the results.

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