Mutually Beneficial Foreign Language Learning: Creating Meaningful Interactions Through Video-Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication

Fumie Kato, Ryan Spring, Chikako Mori

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Abstract

Providing learners of a foreign language with meaningful opportunities for interactions, specifically with native speakers, is especially challenging for instructors. One way to overcome this obstacle is through video-synchronous computer-mediated communication tools such as Skype software. This study reports quantitative and qualitative data from a Skype partner program that emphasized meaningful communication between American students learning Japanese in the United States and Japanese students learning English in Japan. Analysis of pre- and posttests showed significant improvement in the listening and speaking abilities of the Japanese participants and in the speaking abilities of the American participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-366
Number of pages12
JournalForeign Language Annals
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1

Keywords

  • English as a foreign/second language
  • Japanese
  • postsecondary/higher education
  • technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language

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