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ERIC Number: ED465299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 26
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Internet Discussion Forums: A New Modality for Facilitating Peer Writing in Japanese University-Level EFL Classes.
Bay, Dale
This paper describes unique opportunities offered by the Internet for Japanese college students learning to write in English. It focuses on tasks that students were assigned using discussion forums on the Internet. It begins by describing the Web site, which is <http://www.esljapan.com>, looking at software considerations, privacy issues, operating system compatibility, and the forum. It goes on to examine teaching methods (types of classes and method applied); procedures and problems; teaching points (headline reading, subject line reading, and peer writing); and the Intensive English Programme, which involved diary writing. Using Communicative English Language Test data as a measure of student ability, the study examined whether it was possible to predict that students with greater ability would post more frequently or post more lines to the Web site than students with lower ability. Results found no relationship between test scores and frequency of student postings. The paper recommends considering other factors that might be indicative of student motivation (e.g., their grades being based on how often they posted). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan