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ALRJournal. Ahead of Print: ALRJ-05924 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.05924

Digital Storytelling with ThingLink VR 360° Interactive Posters in Language and Culture Studies Virtual Classroom

Kira Mikhailovna Inozemtseva1, Natalia Olegovna Troufanova2, Emma Borisovna Yakovleva3
1Department of Romano-Germanic Languages, BMSTU, Moscow, Russia
2Department of English for Industrial Engineering
3Department of Romano-Germanic Languages

The paper describes the first stage of the research aimed at applying digital storytelling in remote teaching of Language and Culture Studies as a part of Applied Linguistics curriculum. ThingLink VR 360° interactive posters (IPs) are proposed to be the key instrument of adopting digital storytelling in Language and Culture Studies virtual classroom. At the first stage of the research six VR 360° IPs about Great Britain, its language, history, geography and culture were created by the teachers and used as a background for students’ virtual tours around the country. It was done with a view to motivate students to develop their own IPs for further presenting their individual and group projects in a digital form. The purpose of the study is to prove that digital storytelling can be an effective tool boosting students’ motivation to gain an insight into the culture of another country and developing their narrative skills. The participants of the research were the second-year students of Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) (N=42) majoring in Applied Linguistics. The analysis of the participants’ self-assessment checklists showed general improvement of students’ narration and increase in motivation to study the subject. The above interim results gave the authors the impetus to proceed to the next stage of the research involving students’ creation of their own digital stories.

Keywords: Digital storytelling, Language and Culture Studies, ThingLink VR 360° interactive posters (IPs), virtual tours, students’ motivation, students’ narrative skills.



Corresponding Author: Kira Mikhailovna Inozemtseva, Russia
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