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TESL-EJ Vol. 2. No. 3 January 1997

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From the Editor (FM-1)
Editorial Board (FM-2)
Call for Manuscripts (FM-3)
Book Review Policy (FM-5)
Books Received (with brief notes) (FM-6)
Media Received for Review (FM-13)


Computer Generated Error Feedback and Writing Process: A Link (A-1)

Judy F. Chen (19p)

Quality versus Convenience: Comparison of Modern Dictionaries from the Researcher's, Teacher's and Learner's Points of View (A-2)

Shira Koren (16p)



Folse, Keith S. Speaking Fluency Activities for Advanced ESL/EFL Students (R-1)
Reviewed by Lynn Worthington

Shulman, Myra Journeys Through Literature (R-2)
Reviewed by Echo Farrow

Wecksler, Cheryl Study Skills for Academic Success (R-3)
Reviewed by Timothy Stewart


Supplementary Activity Book

Chan, Barbara Kid Pix Around the World: A Multicultural Computer Activity Book (R-4)
Reviewed by Larry Davies

Teacher Resource Books

Chamot, Anna &: J.Michael O'Malley CALLA Handbook: Implementing the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (R-5)
Reviewed by Richard Orem and Shouyuan Wang

Ranard, Donald A. & Margo Pfleger (Eds.), From the Classroom to the Community: A Fifteen-Year Experiment in Refugee Education (R-6)
Reviewed by Thomas Nixon

Second Language Acquisition:

Eckman, Fred R., Diane Highland, Peter W.Lee, Jean Milchan, and Rita Rutkowski Weber (Eds.) Second Language Acquisition Theory and Pedagogy (R-7)
Reviewed by Thomas Leverett

Media Reviews

MessagePad 130 (MR-1)
Reviewed by Clyde A. Warden

The Conference Watcher (CW)

Current Version direct from Roy Cochrun's web site.

Listings as of February 1997

On the Internet

Finding Language Learning Resources on the Web (INT)
Jim Duber

Abstracts of Articles

Computer Generated Error Feedback and Writing Process: A Link (A-1)

Judy F. Chen (19p)

This study examines a possible link between computer generated feedback and changes in Taiwan EFL business writing students' writing strategies. By using computer software that measured details of students' writing, including: time spent on a document, amount of editing on a document, specific errors made in the document, and the amount of text copied from resource material, the author was able to perform numerous detailed analyses.

Students were randomly assigned to test and control groups with control students receiving a placebo computer feedback and the test group receiving real computer generated feedback on their errors. While the majority of feedback was teacher based and exactly the same for the two groups, different writing strategies were evident in the two groups by the third assignment.

Conclusions point to the important impact computer generated feedback appears to have on students, including the encouragement of a more process oriented approach in their writing. Such a finding has the potential of allowing Teachers to incorporate more process writing in their classrooms where they once though impossible, due to the large EFL class sizes so common in Asia.

Keywords: CALL, EFL, writing, composition, feedback, teaching

Quality versus Convenience: Comparison of Modern Dictionaries from the Researcher's, Teacher's and Learner's Points of View (A-2)

Shira Koren (16p>
With the growing popularity of electronic dictionaries, the confusion and frustration of EFL reading comprehension students is increasing, as time and again they realize that the meanings offered by the electronic dictionary do not match the text. On the other hand, the dictionary's speed is an advantage that cannot be ignored since it not only facilitates use, but also encourages the user to read more in the foreign language. Other types of dictionaries offer the students other types of advantages, but, just like the electronic dictionary, each one has its own disadvantages. Some types of dictionaries are more favored by teachers, while others are preferred by the students. This article compares the advantages and disadvantages of most types of modern dictionaries both from the teachers and researchers' as well as from the students' points of view, and shows that if clear distinctions are made between learning, test-taking and reading for pleasure or extensive reading, each type of dictionary can be used either by itself or in combination with another dictionary, depending on the type of activity.
Keywords: Dictionaries, Electronic Dictionaries, EFL

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