Aspects of advanced foreign language proficiency: Internet-mediated german language play

Julie A. Belz, Jonathon S Reinhardt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

56 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Adult foreign language play has been an under-explored phenomenon in the field of applied linguistics, despite the fact that strong claims have been made about its importance in instructed foreign language learning. This article documents the nature of adult foreign language play in the electronic medium and examines the ways in which computer-mediated communication may afford opportunities for its occurrence. It is further argued that examination of this phenomenon provides insights into issues of advanced foreign language proficiency. The article presents a case study of a 19-year-old American college student who was a participant in a telecollaborative course between the United States and Germany in the fall of 2002. Data are drawn from (a) his course web site, (b) his in-class electronic correspondence with his German keypals, (c) his out-of-class correspondence with these same keypals and his German-speaking girlfriend, (d) his cumulative course portfolio, and (e) focus group interviews.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-362
Number of pages39
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics (United Kingdom)
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

German language
foreign language
Internet
electronic media
computer-mediated communication
speaking
electronics
linguistics
examination
Language Proficiency
German Language
World Wide Web
interview
learning
Group
student

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

Cite this

Aspects of advanced foreign language proficiency : Internet-mediated german language play. / Belz, Julie A.; Reinhardt, Jonathon S.

In: International Journal of Applied Linguistics (United Kingdom), Vol. 14, No. 3, 01.01.2004, p. 324-362.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{72004e9bfd9c4b37927fb3cfc52c4c10,
title = "Aspects of advanced foreign language proficiency: Internet-mediated german language play",
abstract = "Adult foreign language play has been an under-explored phenomenon in the field of applied linguistics, despite the fact that strong claims have been made about its importance in instructed foreign language learning. This article documents the nature of adult foreign language play in the electronic medium and examines the ways in which computer-mediated communication may afford opportunities for its occurrence. It is further argued that examination of this phenomenon provides insights into issues of advanced foreign language proficiency. The article presents a case study of a 19-year-old American college student who was a participant in a telecollaborative course between the United States and Germany in the fall of 2002. Data are drawn from (a) his course web site, (b) his in-class electronic correspondence with his German keypals, (c) his out-of-class correspondence with these same keypals and his German-speaking girlfriend, (d) his cumulative course portfolio, and (e) focus group interviews.",
author = "Belz, {Julie A.} and Reinhardt, {Jonathon S}",
year = "2004",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1111/j.1473-4192.2004.00069.x",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "14",
pages = "324--362",
journal = "International Journal of Applied Linguistics",
issn = "0802-6106",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Aspects of advanced foreign language proficiency

T2 - Internet-mediated german language play

AU - Belz, Julie A.

AU - Reinhardt, Jonathon S

PY - 2004/1/1

Y1 - 2004/1/1

N2 - Adult foreign language play has been an under-explored phenomenon in the field of applied linguistics, despite the fact that strong claims have been made about its importance in instructed foreign language learning. This article documents the nature of adult foreign language play in the electronic medium and examines the ways in which computer-mediated communication may afford opportunities for its occurrence. It is further argued that examination of this phenomenon provides insights into issues of advanced foreign language proficiency. The article presents a case study of a 19-year-old American college student who was a participant in a telecollaborative course between the United States and Germany in the fall of 2002. Data are drawn from (a) his course web site, (b) his in-class electronic correspondence with his German keypals, (c) his out-of-class correspondence with these same keypals and his German-speaking girlfriend, (d) his cumulative course portfolio, and (e) focus group interviews.

AB - Adult foreign language play has been an under-explored phenomenon in the field of applied linguistics, despite the fact that strong claims have been made about its importance in instructed foreign language learning. This article documents the nature of adult foreign language play in the electronic medium and examines the ways in which computer-mediated communication may afford opportunities for its occurrence. It is further argued that examination of this phenomenon provides insights into issues of advanced foreign language proficiency. The article presents a case study of a 19-year-old American college student who was a participant in a telecollaborative course between the United States and Germany in the fall of 2002. Data are drawn from (a) his course web site, (b) his in-class electronic correspondence with his German keypals, (c) his out-of-class correspondence with these same keypals and his German-speaking girlfriend, (d) his cumulative course portfolio, and (e) focus group interviews.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=10144231179&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=10144231179&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/j.1473-4192.2004.00069.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1473-4192.2004.00069.x

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:10144231179

VL - 14

SP - 324

EP - 362

JO - International Journal of Applied Linguistics

JF - International Journal of Applied Linguistics

SN - 0802-6106

IS - 3

ER -