Let me learn with my peers online! Foreign language learning through reciprocal tutoring

Rayenne Dekhinet, Keith Topping, David Duran, Silvia Blanch

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    Abstract

    Rayenne Dekhinet, Keith Topping, David Duran, and Silvia Blanch describe a pilot project on the use of Internet-assisted reciprocal peer tutoring in foreign-language learning. The eight-week project connected Spanish-speaking English-language learners at a primary school in Catalonia with English-speaking Spanish-language learners at a Scottish primary school. Children were matched in pairs and acted as language tutors in their own mother tongue to their peers. Each week, the children wrote or corrected a text, depending on their role for that week, and sent messages to their peers. During and after the intervention, data were collected in the form of observations, participant and teacher interviews, and analysis of student writing in the target languages. The results of this study show how Internet technology can be leveraged with reciprocal peer tutoring to enhance language learning. (Contains 8 exhibits and 1 figure.)
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages6
    JournalInnovate: Journal of Online Education
    Volume4
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Keywords

    • Computer-mediated communication
    • Peer tutoring
    • Language learning
    • Second-language acquisition
    • Primary school pupils
    • Scotland
    • Spain

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