The integration of English conversation rooms and chatting to enhance English communication skills for EFL students

at Van Lang University during the COVID-19 pandemic




EFL students, English conversation rooms, English chatting, English communication skills


This paper aims to investigate the impact of the integration of technological approaches, particularly English online conversation rooms on Google Meet and English chatting, in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) with particular reference to the enhancement of students' English communication skills. A mixed-method approach was adopted with 120 EFL freshmen at Van Lang University (VLU) participating in an experimental study, followed by an interview for some of them. A mixed method of both quantitative and qualitative was employed to collect data. The result is that learning Speaking via the Google Meet platform and English texting can substantially enhance their English communication abilities. In addition,  texting in English and practicing with friends via the online-based app are effective ways to revise their English communication skills during the COVID pandemic with social distancing requirements.

Author Biographies

Thuy Ngo Thi Cam, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Vietnam

Ms. Ngo Thi Cam Thuy, M.A. and doctoral student in TESOL, is a lecturer of Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching English- majoring students. She presented her Research at GloCALL 2019, AALA 2019, CAMTESOL 2020, OPENTESOL 2020, VIETTESOL 2020 and Asia CALL 2021. She is also a peer reviewer for AsiaCALL Online Journal, the International Journal of English Linguistics and VIETTESOL Conference. Her main interests include Professional Development, Methodology, Learner Autonomy, Language Assessment and Emotion Regulation.

Nhi Ha Yen , Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ha Yen Nhi is an EFL senior at The Faculty of Foreign Languages at Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City. She is one of the honored students of Van Lang University from 2021 to 2022 who has presented her study at Asia CALL 2021. Her main interests include Online Learning and English skills.


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How to Cite

Ngo, T. C. T., & Ha, Y. N. (2022). The integration of English conversation rooms and chatting to enhance English communication skills for EFL students: at Van Lang University during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of TESOL & Education, 2(5), 34–63.