An investigation of communicative competence of ESL students using electronic discussion boards

This study focuses on the use of electronic discussion boards with elementary-aged English as a Second Language (ESL) students. The purpose of the study is to investigate students' communicative competence in a computer-mediated communication environment. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to analyze 956 messages posted by 28 ESL students to the electronic discussion board during a six-week period of time. Changes were found in children's use of language for social purposes and appropriate use of language in different social and cultural settings. Recommendations for teachers include the design of online discussion activities and future considerations of peer assistance in language learning. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)

Author: 
Zha, S., Kelly, P., Park, M.K., & Fitzgerald, G.
Year: 
2006
Source: 
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 38(3), 349-367.
Type: 
Related Research
Content Area: 
reading
writing
Grade Level: 
early elementary
intermediate elementary
IDEA Disability Category: 
speech or language impairment
Instructional Support: 
alternate access devices and systems
multimedia products and projects
multiple formats of text and notation
opportunities to learn concepts
practice and reinforcement activities
Differentiation: 
adjustable skill levels
student control
teacher control
National Reading Panel Standards: 
comprehension
fluency
vocabulary
English Language Arts: 
Reading: Foundational Skills
Reading: Literature
Reading: Informational Text
Language