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ERIC Number: ED449669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
E-Mailing in a Foreign Language: Learning Contexts and Possibilities.
Gonglewski, Margaret; Meloni, Christine; Brant, Jocelyne
This article aims to provide an overview of the various uses for e-mail in foreign language learning. It describes the advantages that have been referred to in the literature about the use of e-mail in foreign language learning contexts and provides an overview of the different types of contexts and possibilities for communicative interaction through e-mail that have been attempted in and outside of the foreign language classroom and then discussed in the literature. The pedagogical benefits of e-mail include the following: extending language learning time and place; providing a context for real-world communication and authentic interaction; extending topics beyond classroom-based ones; promoting student-centered language learning; encouraging equal opportunity participation; and connecting speakers quickly and cheaply. Suggestions for incorporating e-mail into foreign language classes include: group e-mail exchanges; intraclass and interclass e-mail interaction; e-mailing independent groups outside of one's class; various forms of one-on-one e-mail interaction, such as e-mail between the teacher and the foreign language learner, between two individual foreign language learners; and structured and unstructured exchanges. The most important benefit of e-mail exchanges is its potential to offer learners opportunities for much more valuable communicative interaction in the target language than was ever possible in the traditional foreign language classroom. (Contains 38 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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