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Explore the use of synchronous communication tools in EFL online courses.

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  • Synchronous Communication Tools in EFL Online Learning in China Guoqiang Cui The University of Southern Mississippi July 22, 2008
  • Opportunities and Challenges
    • Online learning is developing at a faster speed
    • Creative, happy, productive and relevant place for successful learning
    • EFL (English as a Foreign Language) course has its unique feature and requirement for synchronous communication
  • Synchronous Communication and tools
    • communication that happens at the same time, immediately, a give-and-take
    • Text based and the audio or video based tools
    • more tools are integrated with all the audio, video and text functions
  • Telephone
    • The most popular tool people would use to have the immediate conversation with others
    • Cell phones with SMS, MMS functions
    • Telephone conference
  • MSN/Yahoo Messenger
    • Free program for all kinds of communication
    • Have their user account and install the software
    • instant messaging
    • video call
  • ICQ (I Seek You)
    • Personal communication tool
    • Sign up for a free account and install
    • Instant messaging
    • PC-to-PC or PC-to-phone calls
    • Multiple-user conference
  • Skype
    • One of the most popular online voice communication tool
    • Free software/free account
    • PC-to-PC call
    • Call land lines and receive calls
    • Video conferencing
  • Chat room
    • Online forum or community
    • Real-time online chat
    • Instant messaging
    • Audio or even video discussion
  • Video/audio conference
    • A whole set of telecommunications technologies to connect people from different locations
    • Live support for students in remote locations
    • Mediated with computers, microphones, cameras, speakers, etc.
  • EFL Teaching and Learning in China
  • Students’ passion and interest in EFL learning
    • Entrance of the WTO and the coming of 2008 Olympic Games
    • Universities and colleges requirements
    • Springing up of training centers
  • Distant learning and technology development
    • The CERNET (China Education and Research Network), connects 900 universities in 100 cities with 1 million computers
    • in total 2.94 million computers, 10,000 schools have their own campus networks
    • Life-long educational system with Chinese characteristics which is diverse in its norms, levels, forms and functions.
  • Problem in EFL online course
    • Language is communication
    • Unbalanced emphasis on language skills
    • No adequate equipment or software
  • Integration
    • English learning’s special requirements and features
    • Comprehensive language skills
    • Online interaction and communication in EFL course
  • Reading and Writing
    • Chat to know foreigners and learn another foreign culture
    • Writing while reading
    • Teachers post questions and students reply
  • Listening and speaking
    • Skills easily overlooked in the online course
    • Listening while chatting
    • Live lecture and communication
  • Issues to Consider
    • Distraction
    • Technical problems
    • Teachers
  • Conclusion
    • EFL online teaching and learning will have its great potentials in China
    • Synchronous communication tools will make online EFL online course more interesting and effective
  • References
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  • The End… Questions or Comments