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ERIC Number: EJ801459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2395
Native and Non-Native Speakers in Online and Face-to-Face Discussions: Leveling the Playing Field
Hlas, Anne Cummings; Schuh, Kathy L.; Alessi, Stephen M.
Journal of Educational Technology Systems, v36 n4 p337-373 2007-2008
This study investigated the role of native language in the context of online versus face-to-face learning environments. Findings from a mixed-methods analysis revealed that native language was a factor in distinguishing among the learning opportunities in these two classes. Data for the online course were 10 archived asynchronous discussions on its threaded bulletin board. Data for the face-to-face course were verbatim transcripts of audio-taped recordings made during 10 of the 15 class sessions. Non-native speakers were more passive in the face-to-face classroom leaving the native speakers to assume leadership characteristics. In the online environments, non-native speakers and native speakers participated more equally in the discussion. Findings suggested that difficulties experienced by non-native speakers during impromptu face-to-face discussions may be alleviated given more opportunities and time for reflective articulation. (Contains 6 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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