English as a second language on a virtual platform: Tradition and innovation in a new medium

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Thomas Hansson
Title: English as a second language on a virtual platform: Tradition and innovation in a new medium
Journal: Computer Assisted Language Learning
Year: 2005
Volume: 18
Issue: 1-2
Pagination: 63-79
ISSN: 0958-8221
Publisher: Routledge
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/mam/
Language: English
Abstract: A pilot study at a local school explores a virtual world during English lessons. The objective of applying a Vygotskian experimental design to the study is to investigate the potential of software, interaction and integration related to problem-solving defined as text composition in a foreign language. Focus of research and practices is on the development of a virtual didactic, more specifically text interaction by a virtual game in the classroom and face-to-face dialogue by direct speech-dialogue in the computer room. The two-fold objectives cover understanding an integrated didactic on English and computer efficacy . By investigating the design of a combined virtual and physical learning environment we describe how the video-game generation operates (in) a social system of peers as they develop their computer skills and text composing ability.
Subject: Education\General
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