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ERIC Number: EJ959619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0958-8221
Can Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) Help Beginning-Level Foreign Language Learners Speak?
Ko, Chao-Jung
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v25 n3 p217-236 2012
This study investigated the possibility that initial-level learners may acquire oral skills through synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC). Twelve Taiwanese French as a foreign language (FFL) students, divided into three groups, were required to conduct a variety of tasks in one of the three learning environments (video/audio, audio, and face-to-face (f2f)) over 18 weeks. The participants' performance in three oral tests was compared to see if they had developed oral skills in the three environments. The other data such as their online chat records, interview transcriptions, learning journals, and the instructor's observation journal provided further information about how they developed oral skills in their learning environment. The results suggested that factors (related to task design, learners' strategy use) generated by the three environments, rather than the environments themselves, have the biggest impact on learners' oral proficiency development. In addition, all three environments held the potential to help different types of students to develop oral skills. (Contains 14 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan