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ERIC Number: ED562207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
English Proficiency and Participation in Online Discussion for Learning
Leung, Steve
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) (Fort Worth, TX, Oct 22-24, 2013)
Does English proficiency affect participation in online discussion? This study polled 14 students from a postgraduate online course that require online discussion. The students are divided into groups according to their home language spoken and self-assessed English proficiency, and measure against their participation level in the required discussion forums. It is found that students who speak English at home posts more and longer, and students who rate themselves proficient in English post more and longer. However, literature suggests that factors affecting participation are multifaceted. Although the current findings suggest a significant correlation between English proficiency and participation level, more work is required to understand the mechanism of the effects of language proficiency in online discussion participation. [For the full proceedings, see ED562107.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada