Second Language Learners' Perceptions of Email Communication in English

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Queen's University (Canada), 2006 - Electronic mail messages - 120 pages
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The advancement of modern technology in recent years has brought about the use of computers in language learning and teaching. Email communication, as one form of computer-mediated communication (CMC), has become a useful pedagogical tool in language instruction. Some studies have suggested that email communication has positive effects on increasing language learners' responsibility, facilitating cultural learning and social interactions, and improving writing skills and linguistic complexity. However, many of the studies on email communication in second/foreign language contexts are either non-research-based studies, whose positive effects need to be examined by further studies, or research-based studies, which only focus on email communication products of some designed email activities or language learners' perceptions of engaging in such activities. No studies have addressed the effects of regular email communication in English.

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