Chapter published in:Languaging in Language Learning and Teaching: A collection of empirical studies
Edited by Wataru Suzuki and Neomy Storch
[Language Learning & Language Teaching 55] 2020
► pp. 150–169
Languaging in wiki-based collaborative writing:
Functions and mediating factors
Despite the acknowledgement of the role of languaging in collaborative writing, little research has examined how L2 students use language to mediate the process of jointly composing a text during asynchronous computer-mediated collaborative writing. This chapter reports on a study that investigated the languaging of three small groups of EFL students and the factors mediating languaging when completing a collaborative wiki writing task. The results revealed that languaging served multiple functions: resolving various language problems, negotiating and deciding about content and text organization, as well as mediating social relationships. Learners’ perception of task goals, language proficiency grouping, and patterns of interaction explained the ways in which the three groups engaged in languaging.
Keywords: collaborative writing, languaging, LRE, mediating factor, Wiki
Published online: 14 August 2020
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