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ERIC Number: EJ923356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0742-7778
Computer-Mediated Scaffolding in L2 Students' Academic Literacy Development
Cheng, Rui
CALICO Journal, v28 n1 p74-98 Sep 2010
Learning to perform academic writing in university content classrooms is a major challenge facing nonnative-English-speaker (NNS) students. Computer-mediated communication (CMC) offers new possibilities for bidirectional peer-to-peer scaffolding in which students interact and negotiate meaning concerning academic writing and thus represents a new pathway to academic literacy development. This case study examined how CMC influenced a group of NNS graduate students' development of academic literacy in applied linguistics courses. Data were gathered from multiple sources: questionnaires, online discussion posts, students' written assignments, and general as well as discourse-based interviews. The data were analyzed qualitatively using different methods and allowed substantial data triangulation. Results of the data analysis indicated that CMC allowed two-way collective scaffolding, which played an important role in facilitating the participants' development of academic literacy skills. Specifically, computer-mediated collective scaffolding helped the participants orient themselves to the writing tasks, provided them with opportunities to rehearse writing and negotiate revisions of writing, and allowed them to develop an understanding of academic citation conventions. (Contains 7 figures.)
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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