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Facilitating Participation: Teacher Roles In A Multiuser Virtual Learning Environment
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
2015 (English)In: Language Learning & Technology, ISSN 1094-3501, E-ISSN 1094-3501, Vol. 19, no 2, 156-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on a task-based language teaching course in Second Life. The data set consists of transcribed recordings and a teacher interview. Focusing on how the teacher facilitated student participation, this paper aims to explore the discourse functions in the teacher language output and then to address the teacher roles in three different task phases. All the turns produced by the teacher and the students were counted, the teacher language output in the recordings was classified into 19 discourse function categories, and then all the discourse functions were classified into six teacher roles. The results show that the during-task phase was student output oriented. This study reveals that in the pre-task phase the teacher used the largest numberof types and tokens of discourse functions, and played a significant technical and social role. In the during-task phase, the teacher focused on motivating students to participate, monitoring student activities, and providing task support. In the post-task phase, the teacher was a language guide. While the teacher roles that were most prominent varied in the three task phases, the teacher was found to play four roles consistently in the three task phases: monitor role, motivator role, language guide role, and social role.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 19, no 2, 156-176 p.
Keyword [en]
Task-based Instruction, Virtual Environments, Discourse Analysis, Teacher Education
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Didactics Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23651ISI: 000356597700011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84930162379OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-23651DiVA: diva2:769835
Available from: 2014-12-09 Created: 2014-12-09 Last updated: 2017-06-01Bibliographically approved
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1. Learning English in a Multi-User Virtual Environment: Exploring Factors Affecting Participation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Learning English in a Multi-User Virtual Environment: Exploring Factors Affecting Participation
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Online language learning and teaching is a field that has received a significant amount of research attention. What factors could affect student participation in simpler online learning environments has been investigated by researchers, but there has been limited study of factors affecting participation in complex Multi-User Virtual Environments.

By using the typical Multi-User Virtual Environment Second Life, three English courses offered by Swedish universities were examined in this thesis. The courses were video-recorded, and selected parts of the recordings were transcribed. The transcribed recordings were complemented by author(s)’ observation, participants’ reflection, an online questionnaire and an online interview. Participation from the courses was measured both quantitatively and qualitatively. Quantitative methods were used to measure, for example, floor space, number of utterances, turn length, number of turns; the qualitative analysis centered on, for instance, utterance functions, discourse analysis, and Conversational Analysis.

The results were published in five papers that focused on different central factors affecting participation in Second Life. In this thesis, the findings from those articles are synthesized. Furthermore, on the basis of the findings, a general model of factors affecting participation is presented and discussed to highlight that different factors interrelate and that some factors are particularly important in terms of affecting participation in Multi-User Virtual Environments. These are students’ technical skills, task design, course design, technical support, and Second Life technology. The complex technology also places critical demands on teachers’ technical skills, teaching strategies, and roles that teachers should play. Finally, this thesis argues that it is important to choose a suitable technology for an English course.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2017. 87 p.
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 266
Keyword
Activity theory, Conversational Analysis, Discourse analysis, Ecology of language learning, Model of factors affecting participation, Multi-User Virtual Environment, Participation, Second Life, The sociocultural perspective on learning, Technology adoption
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30795 (URN)978-91-88527-21-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-09-12, N109, Mid Sweden University, Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall, 14:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-06-09 Created: 2017-05-31 Last updated: 2017-06-09Bibliographically approved

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