Impacts of an Information and Communication Technology-Assisted Program on Attitudes and English Communication Abilities: An Experiment in a Japanese High School

Asian Development Review 37:2, 2020

34 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2020

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Yuki Higuchi

Sophia University - Faculty of Economics

Miyuki Sasaki

Waseda University

Makiko Nakamuro

Keio University

Date Written: September 11, 2020

Abstract

We conducted a randomized experiment targeting 322 Japanese high school students to examine the impacts of a newly developed English-language learning program. The treated students were offered an opportunity to communicate for 25 minutes with English-speaking Filipino teachers via Skype several times a week over a 5-month period as an extracurricular activity. The results show that the Skype program increased the interest of the treated students in an international vocation and in foreign affairs. However, the students did not improve their English communication abilities, as measured by standardized tests, probably because of the program's low utilization rate. Further investigation showed that the utilization rate was particularly low among students demonstrating a tendency to procrastinate. These results suggest the importance of maintaining students’ motivation to keep using such information and communication technology-assisted learning programs if they are not already incorporated into the existing curriculum. Having procrastinators self-regulate may be especially crucial.

Keywords: Japan, Learning English, Procrastination, Randomized Controlled Trial, Skype

JEL Classification: C93, H40, I21

Suggested Citation

Higuchi, Yuki and Sasaki, Miyuki and Nakamuro, Makiko, Impacts of an Information and Communication Technology-Assisted Program on Attitudes and English Communication Abilities: An Experiment in a Japanese High School (September 11, 2020). Asian Development Review 37:2, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3692721

Yuki Higuchi (Contact Author)

Sophia University - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Tokyo, 102
Japan

Miyuki Sasaki

Waseda University ( email )

1-104 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku-ku
tokyo, 169-8050
Japan

Makiko Nakamuro

Keio University

2-15-45 Mita
Minato-ku
Tokyo, 108-8345
Japan

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