T. Zargaryan

American University of Armenia (ARMENIA)
Performing a quick search for the definition of e-learning, we will be provided by a great number of relevant responses. Perhaps, the most concise definition is that e-learning is an approach that enhances and facilitates learning through the use of computer-based tools. One of the newest members of e-learning tools is Voki which may have the potential to change the dynamics of the classroom making it more learner-centered.
Thus, the purpose of the current study was to find out beneficial ways of implementing e-learning tools, particularly, Voki in a classroom, and see whether it would have effect on the development of EFL learners’ speaking skills, as well as to find out the learners’ attitude towards the program. Moreover, an attempt was made to reveal the participants’ learning behaviors and strategies when using the program.
From two groups involved in the study, the experimental group received the treatment, whereas the control group received placebo. The effectiveness of the treatment was investigated through quasi-experimental research design. The study comprised both quantitative (pre and post tests, attitudinal questionnaire) and qualitative (semi-structured interview) data collection instruments.
The findings of the study indicated that the application of Voki might be an appropriate method for improving EFL learners’ speaking skills. Furthermore, the results of the analysis of the questionnaire and the interview confirmed that learners had positive attitude towards the program, as it provided a learning environment that was fun, enjoyable, stress free and effective for improving their speaking skills. Moreover, it was revealed that participants had a number of learning strategies that they used when creating their Vokis.