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CALL Sat1800-11
Saturday, 19/May/2018:
6:00pm - 6:25pm

Location: 4503

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Student Preferences for Online Discussion Forums

P. Conaway

Yamagata University, Japan

In group English discussion activities it is not uncommon for students to sit in silence or almost exclusively use L1 to communicate with their peers. Although some teachers would attribute this to a lack of motivation, another possibility is that students do not yet have enough fluency to decode and formulate messages in real time. Threaded discussion forums are one way that technology can be used to allow students more time to understand their peers and create their own messages. This presentation introduces Threaded Discussion Forums and describes the results of a small scale questionnaire study.

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