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Title: Instants messaging clients - relaxed, free & enjoyable English learning and training tools
Authors: Hanif Suhairi, Abu Bakar
Rozilawati, Mahadi
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Keywords: Second language;Wide area network;Computer mediated communication;Knowledge sharing;Synchronous and asynchronous learning;Power distance;Collaborative learning;English language;Higher education
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia
Citation: p.1-16
Abstract: In a demanding world of using English as a second language, computer technology and the Internet are being dominantly used as they provide incridible boost to language learning environment. At present, we can experience more exciting way of learning a language by taking the advantages of the Instant Messaging Networks widely available online. This latest incarnation of the online chat is one of the communication methods that has proven to be a very good complement to the ways in which we communicate, both privately and professionally. These brialliantly invented instruments such as Skype, Yahoo Massenger and et cetera are a godsend to those who like to seek knowledge and to improve their English. This paper aims to examine the effectiveness of these so called 'eclectic communicators' in second language learning tools in higher educational setting. This qualitative paper begins by highlighting current literature in the area of computer mediated communication (CMC) learning environments in second language use anddevelopment. It also discusses some of the issues and challenges related to this matter. In conclusion, this paper provides an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of instant messaging in educational settings especially in second language learning environment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/7750
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