Virtual Dialogue: Native and Nonnative English Speakers’ Input on Measured Written Performance

By Huifen Lin and Yuehchiu Fang.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper aims to report the findings of a quasi-experimental study conducted to investigate the effect of text-based conversational input from native and non-native English speakers on EFL learners’ subsequent written performance. Eight undergraduate students enrolled in an EFL writing course in a university in southern Taiwan were paired up with native English speakers and non-native English speakers from seven countries. The participants were engaged in a semester-long email exchange project in an effort to practice writing skills while exploring cultural differences. Based on Swain’s comprehensible input hypothesis that proposed input or feedback provided by interlocutors may provide impetus for language learners, the study is to compare the email messages that the subjects composed in response to those composed by native and non-native English speakers respectively to explore if received messages of varying writing level have an impact on their subsequent writing.

Keywords: Email, Virtual Dialogue, ESL

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp.451-464. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.272MB).

Dr. Huifen Lin

Associate Professor, English Department, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Tainan, Taiwan

Professor Lin is an associate professor in National Kaohsiung Normal University. Her research interest focuses on using technology in all aspects of language learning.

Yuehchiu Fang

Associate professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Taiwan

Yuehchiu Fang received her M.A. in TESOL from Long Island University in 1989 and her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from The Pennsylvania State University in December 2002 in the United States. She is currently an associate professor in the Applied Foreign Languages Department at National Formosa University in Taiwan. Her interests include the teaching of ESL/EFL writing and oral fluency, and also the research related to the curriculum design in English Language.

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