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ERIC Number: EJ728909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1523
An Investigation of Communicative Competence of ESL Students Using Electronic Discussion Boards
Zha, Shenghua; Kelly, Paul; Park, MeeAeng Ko; Fitzgerald, Gail
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v38 n3 p349-367 Spr 2006
This study focuses on the use of electronic discussion boards with elementary-aged English as a Second Language (ESL) students. The purpose of the study is to investigate students' communicative competence in a computer-mediated communication environment. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to analyze 956 messages posted by 28 ESL students to the electronic discussion board during a six-week period of time. Changes were found in children's use of language for social purposes and appropriate use of language in different social and cultural settings. Recommendations for teachers include the design of online discussion activities and future considerations of peer assistance in language learning. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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