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Computer conferencing: does it motivate EFL students?

Skinner, B and Austin, R (1999) Computer conferencing: does it motivate EFL students? English Language Teaching Journal, 53 (4). pp. 270-279. [Journal article]

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This paper explores the results obtained from using a computer networkfor real-time synchronous discussion in a course for students of English asa Foreign Language. The authors found that computer conferencing (CC)had noticeable effects on their students' motivation for language learning.Three reasons for motivation emerged from the students' responses to asurvey: that CC provides an opportunity for 'real' communication andcommunity, that it improves personal confidence, and that it encouragesstudents to overcome writing apprehension. The article also reflects on therelationship these motives have with the intrinsic vs extrinsic motivationdistinction in education generally, and with the traditional instrumental vsintegrative classification of motivation in second language learning. Itsuggests that these motives may be able to contribute towards the supportof newer classifications that have recently been proposed.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:21535
Deposited By: Dr Barbara Skinner
Deposited On:20 Apr 2012 16:03
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:03

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