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Researching Online Foreign Language Interaction and Exchange

Theories, Methods and Challenges


Melinda Dooly and Robert O'Dowd

This book provides an accessible introduction to some of the methods and theoretical approaches for investigating foreign language (FL) interaction and exchange in online environments. Research approaches which can be applied to Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) are outlined, followed by a discussion of the way in which tools and techniques for data-collection in diverse online contexts can contribute to our understanding of online foreign language interaction. The compilation of chapters presents a comprehensive overview of key issues in virtual, intercultural and multimodal research contexts and gives insight into the particular challenges and situations which this area of language learning implies.
Researching Online Foreign Language Interaction and Exchange addresses the needs of researchers and newcomers to the area who are hoping to learn about the current state of the field by providing overviews of varying approaches and extensive literature review as well as extracts of real data to illustrate the theories, methods or issues in question.


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Notes on Contributors FRANÇOISE BLIN is a Senior Lecturer in French at Dublin City University (Ireland). She has been working in CALL since the late eighties and holds a PhD in Educational Technology from the Open University (UK). Her more recent work focuses on the applications of Cultural Historical Activity Theory to CALL research, design, and practice. She is the current President of EUROCALL and co-editor of ReCALL (with June Thompson). She is also a member of the edi- torial boards of the Alsic, CALICO, and CALL journals. MELINDA DOOLY is a teacher educator at the Science Education Faculty of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). She teaches English as a Foreign Language Methodology (TEFL) and research methods courses, focusing on telecollaboration in education. Her re- search addresses teacher preparation and the use of CALL and CMC. She has published widely in the areas of teacher education and the use of technology. Dr. Dooly’s current research interest is in project-based telecollaborative language learning and very young learners. MATS DEUTSCHMANN, PhD, is Associate Professor in Lan- guage Didactics at the Department of Language Studies, Umeå Uni- versity, Sweden. He has over ten years’ experience in the field of online language learning and over the past five years he has worked extensively in virtual worlds. His research includes didactic design for collaborative language learning in online contexts, the language pragmatics of online education, the use of innovative technology for raising engagement and active participation, and most recently, the use of...

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