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Halvorsen, Andy – CALICO Journal, 2012
This mixed-methods study looks at patterns of emoticon usage in adult, ESL student writing. Data are drawn from 13 students and their participation in online discussion forums designed to supplement a traditional ESL writing course. The study conceptualizes computer mediated communication as a hybridized and emergent form which utilizes features…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Discourse Analysis, Questionnaires, Interviews
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East, Martin; King, Chris – CALICO Journal, 2012
In the listening component of the IELTS examination candidates hear the input once, delivered at "normal" speed. This format for listening can be problematic for test takers who often perceive normal speed input to be too fast for effective comprehension. The study reported here investigated whether using computer software to slow down…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, Language Tests, High Stakes Tests, Computer Software
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Oliver, Kevin; Kellogg, Shaun; Patel, Ruchi – CALICO Journal, 2012
High school students participating in online courses offered by the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) completed end-of-course surveys in spring 2009. When the responses of 559 foreign language students were compared to students in five other subject area groups, the findings suggested foreign language students had significantly lower…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Online Courses, Second Language Learning, Cooperation
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Goertler, Senta; Bollen, Magelone; Gaff, Joel, Jr. – CALICO Journal, 2012
Due to increases in enrollment, hybrid course delivery models, in which part of the instruction happens online, have become a popular solution to financial and space problems. Yet, little is known about the institutional preparedness for the implementation of hybrid language courses, especially the students' computer literacy and access as well as…
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Student Attitudes, Blended Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Mekheimer, Mohamed Amin A. – CALICO Journal, 2012
This study investigates the effects on EFL students of using Blackboard technology and online dictionaries in developing translating skills and building positive attitudes towards translation in male Saudi college students. The study compares two groups of students in a translation course; one in a traditional, face-to-face setting (control) and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Attitudes, Translation, Second Language Learning
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Karabulut, Aliye; Levelle, Kimberly; Li, Jinrong; Suvorov, Ruslan – CALICO Journal, 2012
The qualitative study reported in this article explored the use of technology for language learning in a third-year French class at a public university in the Midwest of the USA. To address the need for a more holistic study of technology for language learning (Basharina, 2007; Thorne, 2003), an Activity Theory framework was employed to…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Technology, French, Qualitative Research
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Hadjistassou, Stella K. – CALICO Journal, 2012
The goal of this study was to investigate the culturally afforded contradictions that ten advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) learner encountered when they posted their paper topics and exchanged feedback strategies online and contextualized some of these strategies to draft their papers. Using Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT),…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Peer Evaluation, Foreign Students, Cultural Influences
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Arnold, Nike; Ducate, Lara; Kost, Claudia – CALICO Journal, 2012
This study examines the online writing and revision behaviors of university language learners. In small groups, 53 intermediate German students from three classes at three different universities created wiki pages with background information about a novel read in class. All meaning- and language-related revisions were analyzed to determine whether…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperation, Group Dynamics, German
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Schenker, Theresa – CALICO Journal, 2012
This paper presents the findings of a six-week telecollaborative project between sixteen American students enrolled in a second-semester German class at an American university and sixteen German students enrolled in an advanced English course at a high school in Germany. Students discussed various cultural topics with their partner in two e-mails…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Data Analysis, English (Second Language), Intercultural Communication
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Sun, Yu-Chih – CALICO Journal, 2012
Educational blogs have drawn the growing interest of researchers and language teachers due to the user-friendly interfaces as well as the powerful archiving features. The purpose of the current study is two-fold: (1) to examine the effectiveness of extensive speaking practice on speaking performance in voice blogs, and (2) to examine learners'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Web Sites, Speech Communication, Electronic Publishing
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Pardo-Ballester, Cristina – CALICO Journal, 2012
In order to integrate technology into the language curriculum, it is essential not only to evaluate a program within a second language acquisition (SLA) framework but also to seek the students' attitudes towards the use of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) materials. Guided by Chapelle's (2001) framework for CALL evaluation, this paper…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Speech Communication, Student Attitudes, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Dehaan, Jonathan; Johnson, Neil H.; Yoshimura, Noriko; Kondo, Takako – CALICO Journal, 2012
This paper details the use of a free and access-controlled wiki as the learning management system for a four-week teaching module designed to improve the oral communication skills of Japanese university EFL students. Students engaged in repeated experiential learning cycles of planning, doing, observing, and evaluating their performance of a role…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Video Technology, Feedback (Response), Speech Communication
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Kost, Claudia – CALICO Journal, 2011
This study investigated the use of wikis for collaborative writing projects. Fourth- and sixth-semester German students wrote several of the regularly assigned essay topics during one semester in collaboration with another student using a wiki. Participants used a variety of strategies in the planning, writing and revision phases of their essays.…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Collaborative Writing, Electronic Publishing, German
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Molholt, Garry; Cabrera, Maria Jose; Kumar, V. K.; Thompsen, Philip – CALICO Journal, 2011
This study provides specific evidence regarding the extent to which quantitative measures, common sense notional measures, and comprehensive measures adequately characterize spontaneous, although engaged, speech. As such, the study contributes to the growing body of literature describing the current limits of automatic systems for evaluating…
Descriptors: Evidence, College Freshmen, Educational Testing, Information Retrieval
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Blattner, Geraldine; Fiori, Melissa – CALICO Journal, 2011
Although often neglected in language textbooks and classrooms, sociopragmatic and multiliteracy skills are crucial elements in language learning that language educators should not disregard. This article investigates whether a social networking community (SNC) website such as Facebook can be exploited in the context of an intermediate foreign…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Social Networks, Pragmatics, Metalinguistics
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