ERIC Number: EJ822469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Computer-Mediated Communication as Experienced by Korean Women Students in US Higher Education
Baek, Mikyung; Damarin, Suzanne K.
Language and Intercultural Communication, v8 n3 p192-208 Aug 2008
Having grown up in an age of rapidly developing electronic communication technology, today's students come to higher education with high levels of comfort and familiarity with computer-mediated communication (CMC, hereafter). The students' level of comfort with CMC, coupled with CMC's promises of enabling supplemental class discussion as well as reaching students at a distance, has encouraged more educators to incorporate CMC as part of their instruction. Also, classrooms in US higher education are becoming more diverse with students coming from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In this context, this qualitative study describes experiences of international students in a large US Midwestern university as they participate in class discussion through CMC as a part of their course requirements. Seven Korean female students participated in the study, talking about their experiences of communication in cyberspace (CMC) in English through several in-depth interviews per participant. Analyses of interview data reveal the complex processes that they go through as they try to convey their ideas into English in cyberspace across the borders of language and culture.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Familiarity, Qualitative Research, Foreign Students, Females, Student Experience, Student Attitudes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Interviews, Cultural Differences, Discourse Analysis, Classroom Environment, Discussion, Graduate Students, Writing Instruction, Korean, Native Speakers, Undergraduate Students, Academic Discourse, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea; United States