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Dissertation
wanmansor_1998.pdf
(1998)
  • Wan Fara Adlina Wan Mansor, Taif University
Abstract
This  qualitative  case study investigates  the 
interaction of  six  ESL  learners  on  PennMOO,  a  text-based, 
networked,  virtual  environment  at  the  University of 
Pennsylvania.  Data were gathered through participant- 
observation  conducted within that  virtual world by being on­
line and  in  the  same virtual  room with  the  participants.
The  findings  show that  despite being  in written form, 
participants  interacted actively and effectively  in the 
target language  in  situations  which  resembled  face-to-face 
interaction.  The  hypertext and synchronous  features  of 
PennMOO allow  the  participants  to  naturally participate by 
interacting with  others,  manipulating the  environment,  and 
playing with  language.  Results  suggest  that  the environment 
in  PennMOO offers  opportunity  for  real  conversation and 
allows participants  to tap their learning potential  and to 
interact  actively as  a  speech community.
Keywords
  • CAI; ESL; Education; PennMOO; chatrooms; network; virtual environment
Disciplines
Publication Date
Fall August 1, 1998
Degree
PhD
Field of study
Educational Linguistics
Department
Graduate School of Education
Advisors
Nancy H. Hornberger
Citation Information
Wan Fara Adlina Wan Mansor. "wanmansor_1998.pdf" (1998)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/wanfaraadlina-wanmansor/1/