Motivating English Language Use by using the Benefits of Technology

  • Adriana Maritza Rivera Barreto Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia
Keywords: ICT, foreign language, collaborative work, motivation


This paper shares the results of a small-scale research project focused on using technology to motivate the use of English. Tenth semester students from a University in Tunja was the target group to develop the project. It also had as an objective to promote a virtual learning environment to boost English as a foreign language. A field diary, an online forum, a survey, and students’ artifacts were used to gather information in this action research study. Findings revealed two categories, firstly, Collaborative work to instill motivation which explains why students tend to work better while working in groups and secondly The use of technology to enhance language learning where it is described how the use of technology makes students more confident to learn English.


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Author Biography

Adriana Maritza Rivera Barreto, Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia

is PhD student at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, she holds an MA in English Language Teaching Autonomous Learning Environments from  Universidad de La Sabana and a MA in eLearning from Universidad Camilo José Cela. Currently, she is a full time English teacher – researcher at Universidad Santo Tomás – Tunja.


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How to Cite
Rivera Barreto, A. M. (2018). Motivating English Language Use by using the Benefits of Technology. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, (16), 117-140.