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What is the value of international e-mail groups for ESL learners?

Authors Mak, Linda Yeung-Oi
Issue Date 1999-06
Source Penetrating Discourse: Integrating theory with Practice in Second Language Teaching, 9th International Conference, Language centre, HKUST, Hong Kong (22-23 June, 1999), Language Centre, 2001. p. 105-118
Summary To investigate the value of electronic conferences for English learners, I will first review some major studies related to the use of computers in language classrooms, then present a qualitative analysis of an e-mail corpus collected from a large-scale international writing project that involved 20 ESL discussion groups at the college level. The study attempts to investigate the democratic influence of computer-mediated communication (CMC), and examine the subsequent benefits for language learners. It was found that electronic conferencing encourages a movement from teacher-centred to learner-centred pedagogy, resulting in students constructing their knowledge together, heightening their language awareness, developing spontaneity in communicating in English and sharpening the precision of their word choice.
Language English
Format Conference paper
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