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ERIC Number: EJ771829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
Using Online Discussion Forums to Assist a Traditional English Class
Zhang, Tianyi; Gao, Tianguang; Ring, Gail; Zhang, Wei
International Journal on E-Learning, v6 n4 p623-643 Oct 2007
This study investigated the influence of online discussion forums on student achievement in reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and critical thinking in English as Second Language (ESL) instruction. Fifty-four senior high school students participated in this study and were divided into three groups. Data were collected from achievement posttests, perception surveys, and procedural interviews. The results showed that online discussion forums did not improve students' performance in reading, grammar, or vocabulary, but could influence students' writing skills and provoke critical thinking in face-to-face discussions. This study also found that instructor interventions had an impact on students' attitudes toward online discussions and promoted critical thinking in online discussions. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China