KAMONNAT TAMRACKITKUN (RAJAMANGALA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY THANYABURI)
BENJAWAN RUNGRUANGSUPARAT (Rajamangala Unversity of Technology Thanyaburi)

EXPLORING STUDENTS€™ PERCEPTIONS OF INTEGRATING SPEEXX ONLINE LANGUAGE TRAINING AND FACEBOOK INTO ENGLISH CONVERSATION COURSE : BLENDED LEARNING AND SOCIETY

In English as a foreign language (EFL) context, it is of importance and necessity to provide comprehensible input for learners to expose and encourage their engagement and learner autonomy. Self-learning programs allow new-generation learners to develop their English competency regarding Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) without limitations of time and place while teachers are facilitators. This research aimed to probe 38 EFL Thai university students’ experience of learning through a commercial Speexx online training program and Facebook as two compulsory parts of their normal sixty-hour English Conversation course in one semester. These were critically used as out-of-class learning tools which involved learners with interactive tasks. The research instruments were a questionnaire and an in-depth semi-structured interview. The major findings suggested that most participants received satisfactory results with some of the disadvantages of using the program. Finally, the pedagogical implications for the future research are discussed and presented.

Kamonnat Tamrackitkun graduated her doctoral degree from the University of Salford, UK. Her interests include reading, curriculum and material development, and teaching and learning development.

Benjamin Rungruangsuparat is now a university lecture at Rajamangala Unversity of Technology Thanyaburi. She graduated a doctoral degree of English Languages from Thamasat University. Her fields of interests include Intercultural Communication and Discourse Analysis.