This book presents findings from a research project which provided future language teachers in Germany and in the US with the opportunity to experience computer-mediated collaboration. Overall goals of the project included preparing preservice language teachers to use computer technology in their future teaching, fostering electronic and professional literacies and cross-cultural learning. This volume explores institutional, technical, socio-cultural and linguistic challenges encountered by participants when jointly designing a website. Data collection instruments were triangulated, and a
Grounded Theory approach was used to identify categories such as
linguistic issues and
missed negotiation opportunities. Based on her findings, the author makes recommendations for future projects and research.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. 323 pp., num. fig. and tables
Contents: Approaching the Research Niche – Reviewing CMC in Language Learning – Revisiting Cooperative Language Learning
and Communicative Language Teaching, and Discussing Technology in Teacher Education – Laying out the Research Map – Contextualizing
the Study: «CMC MIIS-Giessen» – Presenting the Quantitative and Qualitative Results of the Study – Analyzing the Groups’ (Topic)
Negotiation in Email and Chat Transcripts – Discussing Paticipants’ Perspectives on CMC-Based Challenges – Revisiting the
Key Principles of Negotiation and Calling for Further Research.