ERIC Number: ED394348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
E-Mail in the Writing Class: Promoting Student Communication.
A Valparaiso University (Indiana) computer network was used to investigate the use of campus electronic mail to encourage students in English-as-a-Second-Language reading and writing classes to increase communication among themselves, to make homework assignments more interesting, and to familiarize students with on-line composing and editing. Four types of activities used in the approach are described here. They include: (1) a vocabulary/idiomatic expression exchange, in which students are given an expression for which they must find and send a definition to everyone in the class including the teacher; (2) on-screen debate, in which two students discuss an issue on a split screen; (3) opinion collection, with each student sending an opinion to classmates and the class responding; and (4) an exercise in which students write a paragraph, reacting to a reading, movie, song, or controversial statement, for response by teacher or classmates. Samples of each are included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Students, Computer Literacy, Computer Networks, Electronic Mail, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Homework, Instructional Effectiveness, Organizational Communication, Peer Relationship, Program Descriptions, Student Attitudes, Word Processing, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Valparaiso University IN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (29th, Long Beach, CA, March 26-April 1, 1995).