(Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2003-03) Pais Marden, Mariolina; Absalom, Matthew
The integration of electronic communication into the teaching and learning of languages has opened up new horizons. This paper discusses a project involving the use of email exchanges in the Italian program at the Australian National University. Approximately eighty students participated in the project which consisted of two iterations of a one-to-one email conversation. This article examines the language and content of the messages constructed by students in terms of the following features:
-the implications of the physical, psychological and temporal distance inherent in email communication
-the differences between email communication of native speakers and learners
-the dialogic nature of email communication and its relationship to both written and spoken communication
-the importance of “empty” messages
-the creativity of expression and the relationship between form and content.