Oral Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication between SL Students: A Learning Circle Approach

Oral Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication between SL Students: A Learning Circle Approach

Sergi Roura Planas (iEARN-Pangea, Spain & University of Girona, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1930-2.ch007
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Abstract

Different ways of communication are encouraging the development of a different societal texture where social networking sites, blogs, or other Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) tools are employed. The “youngcast” project, an international students’ exchange, has been designed to cope with the demands of this technologically globalized context we are immersed in; in this project, an online platform is used and Oral Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication (OSCMC) exchanges are scheduled in order to join English and Spanish Second Language (SL) learners from different parts of the world. A case study, aimed to discover some of the preliminary factors inhibiting participants from taking part in the OSCMC exchanges, resulted in the design of an updated version of the online platform; this new environment is more focused on facilitating online communication between tandem partners and keeping track of some of their learners’ production for ulterior feedback.

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