ERIC Number: ED491613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 41
Topics of Peer-to-Peer Listserv Postings: How Can They Serve as a Resource for Enhancing a Web Site for Early Foreign Language Educators?
Hoyle, Susan M.; Pufahl, Ingrid
Education Alliance at Brown University
Foreign language teachers in grades K through 8 are frequently quite isolated in their schools and have few opportunities for daily personal contact with their peers. Online technologies offer teachers a timely and convenient forum to access professional information and to engage in meaningful and sustained dialogue with colleagues who share their interests and challenges. To support the needs of K-8 foreign language teachers for peer-to-peer contact and up-to-date resources, the Nanduti Web site and Nandu listserv are designed to provide a forum for information exchange and discussion. In this paper, we describe a small-scale study that analyzed topics in Nandu listserv postings and their implications for content enhancement of the Nanduti Web site. Within the framework of discourse analysis, we examined two types of co-occurring topics in listserv threads: (1) text topics, that is, the ideas or content; and (2) interactive topics, that is, the jointly negotiated focus of the interaction. Analysis showed that several text topics were of enough general interest to contribute to a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the Web site. Analysis also revealed four types of interactive topics, and we considered how each could enhance the Web site. However, in many ways, what makes the listserv so successful also makes its content too detailed for FAQs on a Web site. A Nandu Welcome Message Sent to Subscribers is appended. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Second Languages, Internet, Language Teachers, Information Networks, Professional Isolation, Electronic Mail, Collegiality, Interprofessional Relationship, Web Sites, Discourse Analysis, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI.; Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Education Alliance for Equity in the Nation's Schools.