Language Use for Interaction in Web-based Education

Ms Xiaohong Xu
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This study investigates how language is functioned as a tool of teaching instruction and peer interaction in web-based distance learning situations. Compared with classroom teaching whereby teachers are able to interact with students through not only verbal communication but body gestures such as eye contact and facial expressions, web-based learning rely heavily on a mere use of language. Thus of significance is the question that to what extent language skills can be consciously improved for better instruction and communication under such non-traditional setting. By examining natural linguistic data from various discussion forums in three web-based distance courses, this study has further implications for effective teaching in the not-too-distant future, where teacher-student communication resides increasingly in the form of online instruction.

Keywords: Language use, Web-based learning, online education, Computer-assisted instruction
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Language Use for Interaction in Web-based Education

Ms Xiaohong Xu

Graduate student, Dept of Language Education, Indiana University

Ref: T05P0019