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Face-to-face language learning at a distance? a study of a video conference try-out

Goodfellow, Robin; Jefferys, Ingrid; Miles, Terry and Shirra, Tim (1996). Face-to-face language learning at a distance? a study of a video conference try-out. ReCALL, 8(2) pp. 5–16.

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Videoconferencing has been proposed as a technology which has an immediate and beneficial application to language learning, because it enables face-to-face communication at a distance. The costs remain high, however, and course providers need to be sure what additional 'pedagogical overheads' are involved, i.e. in the rethinking of teaching approaches and the preparation of material. This paper reports on a study of a videoconference tutorial carried out as part of the distance learning component of a course in Professional English. The study shows that the interaction between teacher, subject expert and students was characterised by the absence, as well as the presence, of important features of face-to-face communication, and that certain kinds of tutorial activity, such as individual correction, and the management of group discussion, were not especially well supported by the technology used. We discuss the implications of this for the pedagogy of language teaching by videoconference, and draw some lessons for the incorporation of the technology into the mainstream of distance language learning.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1996 European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning
ISSN: 1474-0109
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Health and Social Care > Social Work
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 32316
Depositing User: Ingrid Nix
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2012 10:58
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2012 17:23
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