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ERIC Number: EJ831746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0042-062X
One Good Turn Deserves Another: Sustaining an Intercultural E-Mail Exchange
Schueller, Jeanne
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v40 n2 p183-196 Fall 2007
Instructors rely on asynchronous exchanges to provide learners with authentic input and opportunities to communicate in the TL. While most practitioners recognize the advantages of e-mail exchanges, learner benefits are not an automatic byproduct of participation in an exchange. This paper presents findings from an e-mail exchange carried out between university students in a German language class and native and near-native speakers of German in a methodology seminar at a university in Germany. The content of the e-mails produced by the FL learners was analyzed qualitatively to explore the role of topic initiation, frequency, and dyad dynamics in sustaining an intercultural exchange.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany