volume 15, issue 2, P109-134 2002
DOI: 10.1076/call.15.2.109.8197
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Abstract: Research into text-based chat environments for foreign language learning has shown that discussions online have a signi®cantly different character from those in the classroom. In this paper, we begin with a brief design history of one of these environments: IRC Franc Ëais. Our experience both illustrates the challenges involved in moving these chat environments from the language lab to the Internet and offers insight into some of the causes of these changes in conversation. The initial challenges we encounter…

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