Academic journal article International Education Studies

Influence of the Internet on Studying English

Academic journal article International Education Studies

Influence of the Internet on Studying English

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Abstract

The article considers theoretical aspects of influence of the Internet on studying English, including on the opportunities of listening and increase of motivation for studying English. The characteristic of blended learning technology in studying the foreign languages is given. The practical justification of the efficiency of studying English using the information-communicative technologies, in particular the electronic and communication learning platform Moodle in the process of implementation of blended learning technology is presented. The efficiency and motivating influence of use of the information-communicative technologies in the educational process is experimentally shown.

Keywords: listening, intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, blended learning, subject-subject interaction, electronic-communicative learning platform

1. Introduction

Today the Internet provides a wide range of opportunities associated with different aspects of education. Currently, the global network allows us to get higher education, to study a foreign language at option, to refresh the acquired long ago knowledge.

As for studying a foreign language, by means of the Internet it is possible to improve the language skills considerably as well as to learn it practically from scratch. It is feasible by means of special services which allow not only to learn a language online but also to contact to the native speakers, to watch videos in a studied foreign language with the necessary comments on the lexical structure of a video.

On the whole, all the totality of the opportunities of the Internet in studying a foreign language can be distinguished into the following groups:

1) Language lectures and lessons containing new vocabulary, explaining any grammatical structures with exercises on fixing a studied material;

2) Determination of the level of proficiency of a foreign language and control of acquisition of new knowledge using the available online language tests;

3) Watching video and listening to audio in a foreign language with the further analysis of the language features in it such as the grammatical structures, phraseological units, complex phrases and slang features;

4) Direct communication with the native speakers or other Internet users, studying a foreign language, which allows to master the colloquial speech more effectively and perceive a foreign language aurally better.

2. Theoretical Part

Formation of the foreign-language communicative competence is defined today as the main objective of teaching a foreign language in the higher education institution what assumes formation of the foreign-language speech in the communicative activity.

Recently a question of application of new information technologies in studying the foreign languages is becoming urgent. In the specified context it is related not only to new technical means but also to new forms and methods of teaching, new approaches to the educational process.

For today a huge number of computer programmes, intended for use in studying English, has been created, among which there are rather successful ones but in the majority, however, they are useless and do not give any advantages of use of the information technologies.

All the programmes, intended for studying English, have one common disadvantage: the amount of the educational material, put in them, is very limited and in spite of the fact that the course of studying English can be called full, and the programme itself-very successful and effective, nevertheless, the amount of the educational material, put in the programme, does not give opportunities for achieving the level of English fluency (Clarke, 2004).

In this regard, as the sizes of the Internet resources are really huge the Internet gives the unlimited opportunities for studying English. The global network provides the unlimited amount of teaching materials, including any significant information, materials on regional geography, newspaper and journal articles, educational literature, etc. …

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