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ERIC Number: ED574605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Computer-Mediated Negotiated Interactions: How Is Meaning Negotiated in Discussion Boards, Text Chat and Videoconferencing?
Sarré, Cédric
Despite the amount of published research on the use of text-based computer-mediated communication (CMC) in second language acquisition (SLA), very little attention has been paid to voice-based CMC (audioconferencing and videoconferencing) and to how it compares with the better known text-based CMC modes. This chapter investigates and compares the potential of three different CMC modes (discussion board, text chat and videoconferencing) to foster negotiated interactions (negotiation of meaning routines and negative feedback), as well as the influence of task type on such interactions. From the analysis of the interactions generated by the completion of meaning-focused tasks as part of an online module of English for specific purposes (ESP) aimed at first year Master's Degree Biology students (French non native speakers (NNSs) of English), this study demonstrates that closed tasks fostered more negotiation work than open tasks, and that all three CMC modes gave rise to negotiation of meaning. However, significant differences were highlighted between the three CMC modes under study: overall, videoconferencing was conducive to a lot more negotiation of meaning than the other two CMC modes, and discussion board interactions did not generate any corrective feedback. [For the complete volume, "Second Language Teaching and Learning with Technology: Views of Emergent Researchers," see ED574599.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France