Scientific journal
European Journal of Natural History
ISSN 2073-4972

ABOUT THE USE OF SKYPE AT THE ENGLISH LESSONS

Kerova T.M.

It is well-known that the use of interactive technologies in educational process considerably raises efficiency of mastering of the material by the students. Especially it concerns the teaching of the foreign languages where application of such technologies helps to achieve good results. Here it is possible to refer interactive boards and Skype.

In the technique of teaching of the foreign languages the questions of work with interactive boards and those possibilities which they give at the lessons on all aspects of speech activity are widely discussed. We will stop on some moments of the use of Skype at the English lessons.

Skype gives the following possibilities:

  • to listen and communicate with teachers of other higher educational establishments in other cities;
  • to hear «live» speech of teachers of the country of the studied language;
  • to participate in discussions on the set subjects;
  • to carry out various tasks on different themes.

Two directions of the use of Skype have been tested - that is a lecture and the work with the English grammar. Students listened to the lecture of the teacher from the other university about Great Britain, symbols of the country, famous people, and the cultural wealth of the country. After the lecture they could ask questions to the teacher who was in the other city, and then they answered the teacher´s questions themselves, carried out a small test and listened to the teacher´s resume on the lecture and the executed test.

The second direction is the work with the grammar material. Students listened to the teacher´s explanation from the other city and carried out the following tasks: connect the parts of the sentences and read them; insert the necessary forms of the verb; use the explained grammar material in small situations.

Such lessons are very interesting to students, and they carefully prepare for them.

New technologies allow the teacher to make the training process interesting, bright and effective. They help to carry out feedback, promote the increase of motivation of studying of the foreign languages and achieve good results.


The work is submitted to the International Scientific Conference «New technologies in education», Indonesia (Bali), 18-26 February, 2012, came to the editorial office оn 13.01.2012.