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Speaking with their fingers - online

Selamat, Asri and Esa, Ahmad and Mohd Salleh, Berhannudin (2010) Speaking with their fingers - online. Journal of Education. ISSN 99917-2-603-9


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This study looks into the usage of an online forum towards promoting use of the English language among engineering undergraduates at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. Eleven undergraduates from different engineering disciplines participated in an online forum discussing on various topics of common interest over a period of twenty two weeks. An asynchronous online platform was used as the instrument of research and data was collected using document analysis, observation and interviews. Findings reveal that the various participants despite their differences in academic, proficiency and ethnic backgrounds were encouraged by the freedom of use both for academic and socializing purposes. They freely and openly indulged in online communication activities using the English language more frequently and extensively. Participants also used various linguistic features when communicating online. The platform, thus, proves beneficial and may serve as a very useful tool towards assisting students to improve proficiency of the English daily.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr Ahmad Bin Esa
Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 03:15
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2013 01:19
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/3824
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