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Exploring Language Learning Tasks in Synchronous Computer-mediated Communication (SCMC)

Nik Aloesnita, Nik Mohd Alwi (2011) Exploring Language Learning Tasks in Synchronous Computer-mediated Communication (SCMC). In: 46th RELC International Seminar, 18 - 20 April 2011 , Singapore. pp. 1-17.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Research has shown that learner-learner interaction during task-based, online text chat increases learner participations, reduces anxiety level and promotes learner attention to language form while communicating meaning (Smith, 2008; Sotillo, 2005). Therefore, language learners should be given the opportunities to communicate with each other and to work collaboratively using appropriate materials in the online text chat setting. Relatively little research in the context of engineering, technical or science students doing language courses (e.g. Nik, 2010) has investigated how engineering-based tasks are used in online text chat may influence language learning opportunities during task performance. This is particularly important because engineering jobs increasingly require electronic communication (Lee & Yeap, 2005). The data gathered from the text chat transcripts of engineering degree students provide evidence that taskbased text chat interactions to a certain extent may promote attention to language expression and provide language learning opportunities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language learning and teaching
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Zairi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2011 03:16
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2018 02:19
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/2059
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