Yahoo Messenger Tutorial Teresa Almeida d'Eça March 2010
GETTING A YAHOO ID go to http://login.yahoo.com/ click on ‘Sign up’ (bottom right) complete theformand click the ‘Create My Account’ button (I believe you will get a confirmation message Yahoo Mail to be able to ‘activate’ your account) have free access to all Yahoo personalized services, such as Yahoo Messenger
YAHOO MESSENGER a text and voice chat environment go tohttp://messenger.yahoo.com/ click the ‘Download Now' button to download the software follow the step-by-step installation start chatting with friends immediately!
LOGIN click on the icon in the status bar or desktop window you see when connecting to YM
this window opens (first time, without list of friends) add friends (click the Contacts menu or the icon) you are ready to start chatting with whoever is online
YAHOO MESSENGER FEATURES send an instant message = start a one-on-one chat (Actions menu) invite to conference = start a group chat (Actions menu) let your friends see you: 'Start my webcam'
see your friends: 'View my webcam' create a friends' list (individually or in a group)
INITIATING TEXT CHAT doubleclick on a name a new window opens start writing your message
this window opens write your message here click ‘Send’ or Enter wait for an answer
INITIATING VOICE CHAT click on the ‘Voice Call’ button you need a mic to speak
YMESSENGER'S POTENTIAL FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING the '4 in 1 tool': practice of the four basic skills through the '3 in 1' mode reading text writing listening audio speaking video to enhance and add excitement to the chat
CHAT AND THE EFL (ESL) CLASSROOM: ADVANTAGES added motivation and excitement to learning learning by interacting with real people
collaborative and cooperative learning
interactions at 4 different levels: st-st / t-st / expert-st / st-materials
MORE ADVANTAGES practice communicative skills carrying on a conversation, interviewing, negotiating meaning practice social skills greeting, introducing yourself, leave taking, turn taking gain transferable skills relevant to the world of work group work, (inter)personal skills, organizational skills gain technological competencies = computer & digital literacy diversified and comprehensive learning
CHAT AND THE EFL (ESL) CLASSROOM: DISADVANTAGES oversimplified language ur - l8r - cuz - jk - oic - brb - csl
need for time management (if different time zones are involved) technical problems connection speeds (no problems with text only) audio and video together can crash the connection
INSTANT MESSAGING LANGUAGE "My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we usd 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :-o kds FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc." (composition handed in by a 13-year-old Scottish school girl) Correio da Educação. 10 Mar. 2003.
DECODED TEXT (!) "My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to New York to see my brother, his girlfriend and their three screaming kids face to face. I love New York, it's a great place."
strong emphasis on 'communication' and authentic language
exchanges about the 'real' world, with 'real' people, in 'real' time
intensive practice in 2 or 4 basic skills
PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR USING CHAT IN CLASS take care in choice of platform start small
set a task for each session
monitor student work both on- and offline (through chatlogs)
CONCLUSION chat = synchronous, live, real-time communication adds fascination, excitement and enrichment to L2 learning allows intense and real(-time) practice of language has tremendous potential for professional development contributes to onlinecommunity building generates fun, healthy socializing, mutual support, strong bonds and true friendship diversifies and broadens scope of learning