|Title:||Negotiation of Meaning in Desktop Videoconferencing-Supported Distance Language Learning|
|Linguistic Field:||Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition|
|Abstract:||The aim of this research is to reveal the dynamics of focus on form in task completion via videoconferencing. This examination draws on current second language learning theories regarding effective language acquisition, research in Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) and empirical data from an evaluation of desktop videoconferencing-supported task completion by distance learners of Chinese. Occasions of focus on form that occurred in this learning environment are explored using the Varonis and Gass model (1985) for negotiation of meaning. Initial findings indicate that videoconferencing-supported negotiation of meaning may facilitate second language acquisition at a distance and has its own distinct features. Issues for future research in the employment of
videoconferencing for L2 learning at a distance are suggested.
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