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E-pals to motivate students: How a fully integrated email exchange can help motivate low-level students

Abstract

This article describes how an email exchange (epal) can motivate low-level college students. The research involved first-year Japanese junior-college students, who were paired with Asian students for an 11-week exchange. The students were divided in two groups: the first group had partners who read and replied to their messages during regular class time, while the second group’s partners did so in their own time, outside of class. The results indicate that students from the first group display greater integrative and intrinsic motivation orientations throughout, as well as at the end of the semester. Teachers wishing to introduce epal in their classes should consider the benefits of a fully integrated exchange on students’ motivation.

Citation

Bourques, M. (2006). E-pals to motivate students: How a fully integrated email exchange can help motivate low-level students. The JALT CALL Journal, 2(3), 15-28. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v2n3.29

DOI

https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v2n3.29