This dissertation, drawing on Swain's (2000; 2005) notion of collaborative dialogue, aimed to explore whether learners participating in SCMC based tasks engage in collaborative dialogue and, if so, to investigate the extent and characteristics of this behavior. In order to provide insights into the task type that may promote collaborative dialogue most effectively, the study compared two task types that are claimed to be contrasting (Swain a Lapkin, 2001) with regard to the degree of attention to form they promote: jigsaw and dictogloss. The following research questions were addressed: (1) To what extent do learners attempt to solve linguistic problems by way of collaborative dialogue during SCMC based tasks? (2) What are the characteristics of the collaborative dialogue with regard to focus, outcome, verbalization, collaboration, and source? (3) Does task type (dictogloss and jigsaw) have an effect on the amount of collaborative dialogue? (4) Does task type (dictogloss and jigsaw) have an effect on the characteristics of collaborative dialogue?MSN Messenger is an instant-messaging software program that provides multiparty text chat. The MSN Messenger conversation window is divided in two parts. ... Also, MSN Messenger is a freeware, and therefore, can easily be obtained from its web address http://messenger.msn.com/xp/downloadx.aspx. CoWord Theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Collaborative Dialogue During Tasks in Synchronous Computer-mediated Communication|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|