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JSW 2014 Vol.9(2): 374-381 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.9.2.374-381

Virtual Reality Software Usage in an EFL Scenario: An Empirical Study

Yu-Li Chen
Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Taoyuan, Taiwan, ROC

Abstract—Current software development and advancement have created many possibilities in both industry and education. Within the educational realm, software advancement in terms of virtual reality simulation has introduced an entire new arena in learning scenarios. In Taiwan, numerous scholars have ventured into this endeavor. However, empirical findings are quite limited. In light of this issue, this case study focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of virtual reality courseware in learning occupational English. A total of 120 freshmen and sophomore English as Foreign Language students participated in the study. Pre/post-tests were gathered and analyzed. Results show that students gradually increased their vocabulary competence. Insights are also provided on how the courseware was created.

Index Terms—virtual reality, learning scenario, virtual worlds, English language learning, statistical analysis

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Cite: Yu-Li Chen, "Virtual Reality Software Usage in an EFL Scenario: An Empirical Study," Journal of Software vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 374-381, 2014.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency:  Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
Abstracting/ Indexing: DBLP, EBSCO, CNKIGoogle Scholar, ProQuest, INSPEC(IET), ULRICH's Periodicals Directory, WorldCat, etc
E-mail: jsw@iap.org
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