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In 2007-2008, a pre-Jan 25 Revolution time in Egypt, the use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) among the youth was not taken seriously. It was regarded as a “pastime activity”. At the time, the writer believed in the potential of this new medium in enhancing agency and empowering learners to challenge ideas in a problem-free context. The not...
This article reviews the use of decision-making tasks to trigger interaction in CMC. It argues that these tasks promote communicative competence across different CMC modes. It finally reiterates the necessity to include more task-based learning and network-based language learning (NBLT) activities in contexts of English as a foreign/second language...
Communication strategies in computer-mediated communication: An Egyptian EFL context This article reports the results of an exploratory study investigating the use of four communication strategies in synchronous written chat and asynchronous threaded discussion. Task-based interactions among 15 Egyptian university learners of English as a foreign l...