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Teaching language and culture with computer -mediated communications technologies


2002 2002

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Abstract (summary)

Much of the recent research on computer-assisted language learning has focused on computer-mediated communication (CMC) which links learners for on-line discussion, using local or global networks. While many of these studies claim that CMC promotes communicative competence by supporting interaction in the target language, few have explored the potential for promoting cultural competence by linking learners with native speakers. The definition of communicative competence includes the notion of cultural competence. CMC appears to support a communicative approach to FL teaching, in that it provides environments for learner-centered activity and meaningful interaction between peers, but it could be even more useful in addressing an on-going problem in the FL curriculum, that is, how to bring more of the target culture into the FL classroom, by linking learners with native speakers for meaningful interaction in a communicative context. This paper reports on a study involving the use of three CMC technologies, e-mail, on-line chat, and videoconferencing, between native and non-native speakers, for the purpose of providing authentic exposure to the target language and opportunities for interaction with representatives of the target culture, for the promotion of intercultural as well as communicative competence.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Linguistics;
Language arts;
Educational software
Classification
0290: Linguistics
0279: Language arts
0710: Educational software
Identifier / keyword
Education; Language, literature and linguistics; Computer-mediated communications; Culture; Foreign language pedagogy; Language; Teaching
Title
Teaching language and culture with computer -mediated communications technologies
Author
Ballou, Emily Ann Gillen
Number of pages
162
Publication year
2002
Degree date
2002
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 63/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493880204, 0493880208
Advisor
Zamora, Juan C.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3068539
ProQuest document ID
305528029
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305528029
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