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ERIC Number: EJ835473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-7778
Monitoring Bilingualism: Pedagogical Implications of the Bilingual Tandem Analyser
Schwienhorst, Klaus; Borgia, Alexandre
CALICO Journal, v23 n2 p349-362 Jan 2006
Tandem learning is the collaborative learning partnership of two language learners with complementary language combinations, for example an Irish student learning German and a German student learning English. One of the major principles in tandem learning, apart from reciprocity and learner autonomy, is balanced bilingualism. While learners may find it relatively easy to control their bilingualism in email exchanges, it is not so easy to do so in synchronous text-based exchanges in object-oriented multi-user domains (MOOs), where measurements of bilingualism are often crude and inaccurate. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, we wanted to develop and test a computerized tool, the "Bilingual Tandem Analyser", that automatically analyzes and provides feedback on the languages that are used during a "live" exchange. Second, we wanted to implement the tool in a bilingual exchange between German and Irish students to see whether the balance in bilingualism improved. Our results show that the "Bilingual Tandem Analyser" is quick, reliable, and highly accurate for the four languages tested. When implementing the tool, we noticed that there is a noticeable improvement towards more balanced exchanges but that more work is needed on the pedagogical implementation. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Ireland