One key theme in the area of computer-assisted language learning has been the potential of computermediated communication (CMC) for the language learning process. Here, CMC refers to communication conducted through the medium of computers connected to one another in local or global networks. It requires specific software tools and can be either synchronous (e.g., chat, audio- or videoconferencing) or asynchronous (e.g., e-mail, threaded discussion lists). This chapter explores how CMC might contribute to language learning and teaching. Starting off with an overview of the development of research in this field, a model for the analysis of successful telecollaboration procedures and processes is used for the discussion of a German-Australian exchange.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Research on Computer-Enhanced Language Acquisition and Learning|
|Editors||Felicia Zhang, Beth Barber|
|Place of Publication||Hershey, PA|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|