Date of Graduation

Spring 5-16-2019

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Luz Garcia

Second Advisor

Dr. Sedique Popal

Abstract

IELTS 360 helps increase fluency, accessibility, and familiarity, to the speaking portion of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. By integrating 360-degree videos, virtual reality, and the YouTube platform, the content created targets English Language Learners prepare for the interview by placing the viewer/learner in the virtual environment (VE). Through my experiences outside of class in ESL settings, my students mentioned speaking to be the hardest language skill to conquer and so this project aims to help anyone viewing the content practice as much speaking as possible given the time constraints.

The content may be viewed on any screen where YouTube is accessible but highly recommended to be used with some sort of virtual reality headset (VRH). This can be simple, inexpensive Google Cardboard or the highly recommended Oculus Go. With the Oculus Go, the learner has easy access to playback controls such as play, pause, rewind, and fast-forward which is crucial in making the experience more individualistic. I hope to create more content as this can branch into many other areas of learning the English language.

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