Landmarks in CALL Research - Looking Back to Prepare for the Future, 1995-2015 - Greg Kessler

Landmarks in CALL Research - Looking Back to Prepare for the Future, 1995-2015 - Greg Kessler

Developing L2 Oral Proficiency through Synchronous CMC: Output, Working Memory, and Interlanguage Development

Landmarks in CALL Research - Looking Back to Prepare for the Future, 1995-2015 - Greg Kessler

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A naturalistic experiment was conducted to test the hypothesis that synchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC) can indirectly improve L2 oral proficiency by developing the same cognitive mechanisms underlying spontaneous conversational speech. The theoretical framework guiding this inquiry consists of Levelt’s (1989) model of language production augmented by concepts from Working Memory theory. The findings show a significant difference between the experimental and control groups oral proficiency development with participants in the experimental condition (two of four contact hours per week were in a chatroom) scoring higher than participants in the control condition. Implications for language instruction and the second language oral proficiency development for different types of learners are discussed.

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Payne, J. Scott; Whitney, Paul J.. Developing L2 Oral Proficiency through Synchronous CMC: Output, Working Memory, and Interlanguage Development. Landmarks in CALL Research - Looking Back to Prepare for the Future, 1995-2015. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 22-48 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781793602. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28165. Date accessed: 19 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28165. Mar 2016

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