ERIC Number: ED430396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Tandem Language Learning by E-Mail: Some Basic Principles and a Case Study. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 54.
Appel, Marie Christine
A study investigated the effectiveness of tandem second language learning using electronic mail (e-mail). Tandem language learning refers to a partnership between two learners, each learning the other's native language. The underlying principles of reciprocity and learner autonomy are explored, use of asynchronous communication between individuals for language learning is discussed, and theory on communicative language learning and the role of writing in language learning is examined, and the study is presented. Subjects were seven dyads of native English- and native Spanish-speaking adults of varied second-language proficiency levels, located in Ireland, Denmark, and Spain. Data were drawn from analysis of e-mail messages and a survey of participants. Analysis focuses on choice of language, type of language used, nature of cultural exchange, style and quality of peer feedback, development of language usage awareness, communication strategies, and students' comments and attitudes. Conclusions and areas for further research are discussed. Contains 53 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communicative Competence (Languages), Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Electronic Mail, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Instructional Effectiveness, International Programs, Language Skills, Peer Teaching, Personal Autonomy, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Skill Development, Spanish, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Trinity Coll., Dublin (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Ireland; Spain