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Tongues Untied: A Bridge over Interlanguage for Learning Online

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Title:Tongues Untied: A Bridge over Interlanguage for Learning Online
Authors:Watson, Katherine
Author Affiliation:Katherine Watson - Coastline Community College
Date Issued:2009
Abstract:Unfettered electronic live chat can bridge the gap between fear and freedom in learning a new language. Free-of-cost chat rooms that have been used for more than fifteen years to stimulate creativity and foster the development of successful learning strategies in a foreign language have permitted learners unrestricted contexts in which to improve grammar and vocabulary as they escape from "interlanguage". But electronic live chat has been regarded with suspicion by many educators, as Noet-Morand (2003), among others, has pointed out; complaints about the academic/pedagogical viability of chat have surrounded its failure to help students with pronunciation, its inability to engage the paralinguistic and kinesic aspects of conversation, and its inadequacy in thought processing development in a new tongue. Simple, exemplary methods exist, however, that incorporate live chat effectively into online coursework to keep learning current, "real", and relevant. Moreover, live chat has been demonstrated to reduce student timidity, even as it encourages participation and the development of useful conversational strategies.
Pages/Duration:8 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: TCC 2009 Proceedings

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