Fostering the Development of English as a Foreign Language
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Celso Henrique Soufen Tumolo, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
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Storytelling has always been part of humankind, and has been used for various purposes, for example, as a source of entertainment as well as of information, contributing to knowledge construction in various human communities. Recently, digital resources have been added to storytelling, resulting in what is referred to as Digital Storytelling (DST). Digital Stories have been used in the area of education, and can be characterized, roughly, as a short-length video, with duration of 2 to 10 minutes, produced involving a combination of various digital media such as still images, videos, animations, music, graphics, texts, and mainly, a recorded digital narration of a story about various topics, always presented from a personal perspective. This presentation aims at providing an expanded characterization of DSs and some guidelines for their development, as well as considering two approaches that can incorporate DSs for the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language, namely, Content-Based Approach (CBA) and Project-Based Approach (PBA). Although they are not new approaches, teachers and learners of English as a foreign language have, now, the digital resource of DSs as an authentic material to language input, as in the case of CBA, and as a project to be developed for language output, as in the case of PBA.
Keywords: Digital Story; Educational Technology; English as a foreign language; Content-Based Approach; Project-Based Approach.
Celso Henrique Soufen Tumolo
Professor of Foreign Languages
PhD., Language Studies and Applied Linguistics
Post-Doctoral degree in Educational Technology, with a focus on Digital Storytelling
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina