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ERIC Number: ED471312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-14
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
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A Motivation Case Study of English/Japanese Language Exchange Partners Using Computer Mediated Communication and Telecommunication.
Long, Robert Harrison
This case study examines the motivation of two intermediate foreign language learners engaged in a remote language exchange partnership. A learner of English in Japan and a learner of Japanese in Australia completed language exchange activities using the telephone, Internet text chat, and e-mail over 10 weeks. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to determine the effect that this language learning situation had upon the learners' motivation. It is argued that it is more productive for English as a Foreign Language instructors in Japan and Japanese as a Foreign language instructors abroad to attempt to stimulate integrative motivation rather than instrumental motivation in their intermediate level learners. The results of this case study add support to the claim that language exchange activities between foreign language learners are intrinsically motivating and provide learner autonomy. A focus on the nature of communication in the exchange activities revealed that motivational factors relating to self-confidence are key variables affecting motivation during real-time communication. Successful and unsuccessful communication was documented and analyzed. Strategies to improve language exchange communication are suggested. Recommendations are given to address pedagogical, technological, and organizational issues of remote language exchange partnerships. The integrative motivation of individuals engaged in remote language exchange partnerships is highlighted for future research. (Contains 112 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Japan