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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 4, No. 3 (2008) open journal systems 


The effectiveness of ‘VELT’ in promoting English language communication skills: A Case Study in Malaysia

Robinson Joseph Samuel, Retired College Lecturer, Malaysia
Dr Zaitun Abu Bakar, University of Malaya, Malaysia


Abstract
Virtual learning environments could be utilized to boost the development of English language skills among Malaysian primary school students. English Language proficiency has been deteriorating over the years and basic oral skills have been appalling due to lack of usage and reflective practice. English lessons that incorporate multimedia applications can exert powerful motivation and provide bored students with exciting new ways to learn. The aim of this paper is to examine if the newly created Virtual English Language Tool (VELT) could be used to improve the listening and speaking skills of primary school pupils in a sub-urban environment in Malaysia. A Year 5 class used VELT for a period of nine months. Donald Kirkpatrick’s four-level model was used to evaluate this e-learning tool. The findings of the case study were quite encouraging.


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