Utilizing Microsoft Sway to Make Interactive Presentations for Language Students in a Public Asian-Pacific University





language education, Microsoft Sway, interactive presentation, media-based tool


This research focused on teachers' and students' feedback on the application of Microsoft Sway in creating interactive presentations in an English-speaking Country Study course at a public university in Vietnam. Forty-five third-year English-major students were divided into five groups and required to create online presentations on different aspects of life in English-speaking countries, using specific templates in Microsoft Sway and incorporating various online and offline multimedia sources. The study was conducted through focus-group discussions with students and semi-structured interviews with teachers. Results showed positive feedback from students on improving their academic performance and language skills, citing benefits such as saving time with the tool's effortless design and easy access to a variety of useful reference sources. Teachers' interviews revealed improvement in students' reading, writing, and critical thinking skills during the process of creating content for the interactive presentations. However, students encountered difficulties searching, filtering relevant information on the web, and creating outlines for presentations. The study has practical implications for teachers and researchers looking to apply new online learning and teaching tools in similar educational contexts.

Author Biographies

Cao Thi Hai Hang, Hanoi University of Industry, VietNam

CAO Thi Hai Hang (Vietnam) has been teaching English at Hanoi University of Industry since 2009. She is responsible for a variety of courses relating to Language Skills, Translation and Cross-Cultural Communication. Hang received a Master of Science Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Southern New Hampshire University (USA) in 2011. Her area of professional interests includes designing and delivering blended learning lessons. Contact: caothihaihang@haui.edu.vn



Nguyen Thi Minh Hanh, Ha Noi University of Industry, Ha Noi, Vietnam

NGUYEN Thi Minh Hanh (Vietnam) has been working as a lecturer at Hanoi University of Industry since 2006. In this position, she is responsible for designing and delivering lectures in Translation, Cross-Cultural Communication, English-Speaking Country Studies and English language skills for English-majored students. Hanh received her Bachelor and Master degree in English language teaching from University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi in 2005 and 2011, respectively. Her professional interests include developing motivational strategies, fostering learner autonomy, blending project-based learning and ICT with language teaching. Contact: nguyenthiminhhanh@haui.edu.vn




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How to Cite

Cao, T. H. H., & Nguyen, T. M. H. (2023). Utilizing Microsoft Sway to Make Interactive Presentations for Language Students in a Public Asian-Pacific University. Proceedings of the AsiaCALL International Conference, 1, 163–175. https://doi.org/10.54855/paic.23111

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