Encouraging 9th graders to tell anecdotes throught R2l using toontastic 3D
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The development of oral communication plays a crucial part in the process of learning a foreign language in an EFL classroom. However, from our experience in past observations, we noticed that when students tried to speak using the language, they had memorized it instead of doing it spontaneously. In other words, students’ ability to communicate orally is poor. The purposes of this action/case study were to explore the extent to which students of 9th grade develop their oral communication to tell anecdotes during the Reading to Learn (R2L) cycle using Toontastic 3D, and to describe what were students’ perceptions towards the R2L cycle and Toontastic 3D. R2L is a set of strategies that enables teachers to support students in their reading and writing skills at their grade level. Yet, R2L was used to develop students’ oral communication. Toontastic 3D is a storytelling and animation application to tell anecdotes. Observations, semi-structured interviews, production tasks, and students’ journals were the instrument for collecting the data from 9th graders in a public institution in Monteria. Findings revealed that R2L in combination with Toontastic 3D helped students to construct and tell anecdotes independently with meaning despite their grammar mistakes.
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