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ERIC Number: EJ847996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0742-7778
Distance Language Learning: Interactivity and Fourth-Generation Internet-Based Videoconferencing
Wang, Yuping
CALICO Journal, v21 n2 p373-395 Jan 2004
This article provides a report on NetMeeting as an appropriate fourth-generation tool for interactive language learning in distance mode. It follows on earlier research by Wang and Sun (2000, 2001) on the most urgent problem facing distance language education--lack of provision of oral-visual interaction and the emergence of a fourth-generation distance language learning. The article proceeds through three cumulative parts. The first part is a definitional context of interaction and computer-mediated communication (CMC) as a framework for the article. The second part focuses on interaction as a core problem in the language learning literature and suggests a new taxonomy through CMC in terms of the potential for written, oral, and, more recently, oral-visual interaction. The third part, and the substance of the article, is an empirical investigation of Internet-based videoconferencing tools focusing on NetMeeting as the most appropriate one in terms of meeting criteria proposed for such tools. (Contains 8 figures, 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia