Incorporating Technology "Chat" in the English Classroom

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To assure a complete coherence among theories and concepts in order to carry out this research project, it is necessary to have a theoretical support on the following constructs: collaborative writing, the computer - assisted language learning (CALL) which deals with constructivism theory and collaborative work. Also, the use of chat in language teaching, and teaching English with technology to adult learners. These constructs will give a clear justification of what it is expected to demonstrate through the action research project. The main purpose of this project is to put into evidence the effectiveness of applying and implementing technology “chat” in the English classroom. Collaborative Writing: Good writing skills are essential for effective communication. Learning to write well takes time and practice. For that reason, an appropriate strategy to improve writing is collaborative writing and the different tools that can be put into action during this process. Specifically, using skype text chat to this process. According to Good (2007) collaborative writing can be a tool to be applied through the use of technology to facilitate the processes of editing and reviewing of a text or document by working cooperatively in real-time or asynchronously. The different collaborative writing tools offer great flexibility and usefulness in learning. The students can improve, reinforce and learn form each others’ feedback while this strategy provides an easy mean to generate writing exercises, reports and other assignments in a full collaborative educational environment. To summarize, collaborative writing tools can vary a great deal and can range from the simplicity of systems. Basic features include the typical ... ... middle of paper ... .... Teaching and researching computer-assisted language learning. Pearson Education, Edinburgh Gate Harlow. England. Brown, D. (1994). Teaching by principles, an interactive approach to language pedagogy. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents. Brown, D. (2007). Principles of language learning and teaching. Pearson Education, White Plains, New York. Burns, A. (1999). Collaborative action research for English language teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Good, R. (2007). Collaborative Writing Tools And Technology: A Mini-Guide Retrieved, September 12th, from: http://www.kolabora.com/news/2007/03/01/collaborative_writing_tools_and_technology.htm Harmer, J. (2007). How to teach English. Pearson Education, Edinburgh Gate Harlow. England. Harmer, J. (2007). How to teach English with technology. Pearson Education, Edinburgh Gate Harlow. England.
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