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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > Institute for Learning Enhancement (formerly CELT) > Institute for Learning Enhancement (ILE) > The evaluation of a group Business English role-play delivered via a computer mediated environment (WOLF)

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Title: The evaluation of a group Business English role-play delivered via a computer mediated environment (WOLF)
Authors: Shannon-Little, Tony
Brett, Paul
Citation: CELT Learning and Teaching Projects 2000/2001
Publisher: University of Wolverhampton
Issue Date: 2001
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/6123
Additional Links: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/celt
Abstract: Between 90 and 110 Direct Entrant students arrive from overseas partner institutions each year and undertake the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Business Language Programme. The overall aim of the modules is to increase students’ command of English and communicative skills in order in the short term to allow them to cope well with undergraduate Business Studies, and in the longer term to enhance their communicative capabilities in an international professional environment (Assiter 1995, Ramsden 1992). In addition to the traditional communication skills of oral presentations, meetings, and report writing, today’s graduates will need to develop a familiarity with virtual written interaction—e-mail computer conferencing and document exchange—(Gruba & Lynch 1997), which will involve a recombination of a variety of skills for this new medium, including an ability to develop an appropriate range of professional relationships using the spectrum of formality styles, balanced with an unambiguous and explicit method of signalling intentions and requirements (Chapelle 1998), and an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of virtual interaction in terms of time management, all with interlocutors who are anonymous in the sense that little or no face-to-face contact has taken place. It was assumed that the sensitivity required to perform this type of interaction effectively could be fostered through a virtual, asynchronous, anonymous simulation task (Warschauer et al 1996), which recent research suggests could at the same time increase the motivation, time on task, and development of linguistic accuracy of students (Freeman & Capper 1999, Gibbs 1999, Harper & Hedberg 1997, Li 2000, Liaw 1998).
Type: Book chapter
Language: en
Description: CELT Projects on Changing Practice Through Innovation and Research
Keywords: University of Wolverhampton
WOLF
EFL
Business English
English as a Foreign Language
Business studies
English language
ISBN: 095421160X
Appears in Collections: Institute for Learning Enhancement (ILE)
English, Humanities and the Arts

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