Global Connections: Using technology to teach a Second Language
Majedah Abu Al-Rub, Yarmouk University, Jordan ; Temba Bassoppo-Moyo, Illinois State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Internet communication can put "language students in contact with real audiences, providing them with authentic language experiences and immediate feedback from native speakers" (Silva, Meagher, & Velenzuela, 1996, p. 10). In recent years there has been an attempt to employ communication via the Internet to help students enhance their English language proficiency (Fang, 1996). E-mail communication makes it possible for students studying English as a second or foreign language to conveniently correspond with students in the United States and to do so in an informal and relaxed manner. The pen-pal idea is not new, but studying the effects of having students studying English as a foreign language in Thailand correspond, via e-mail, with students in a teacher education program at a U.S. university is, at the very least, not common.
Abu Al-Rub, M. & Bassoppo-Moyo, T. (2008). Global Connections: Using technology to teach a Second Language. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4037-4041). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).