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ERIC Number: EJ803925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Synchronous Computer Mediated Communication Captured by Usability Lab Technologies: New Interpretations
Smith, Bryan; Gorsuch, Greta J.
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v32 n4 p553-575 Dec 2004
Research on interaction has provided important insights on how second languages may be acquired through interaction, and on how second language learners use their second language in various settings and tasks. Research into computer mediated communication (CMC) in a second language learning context has been a logical outcome of interactionist research. In CMC interactionist research it is typically the case that the products of data collection and objects of analysis are linear transcripts or chat logs. While these transcripts may help us to better understand the nature of learners' interactions, they are essentially one-dimensional in nature, not allowing one to coordinate learners' actions (utterances, gestures, changes in body posture, etc.) with the language they create during interactions. In this paper, we report on the use of a usability lab (UL) in gathering data on synchronous CMC (SCMC) among non-native English dyads. This UL allowed us to capture video, audio, and screen capture for all SCMC sessions. We demonstrate that this methodological approach coupled with a proposed coding technique brings to light many nuances of SCMC interaction that are obscured when relying on printed chatscripts alone. (Contains 13 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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