Getting acquainted in Skypecasts: Aspects of social organization in online chat rooms

Christopher Joseph Jenks

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This paper has two intersecting themes: computer-mediated communication (CMC) and English as a lingua franca (ELF) interaction. Although the underlying objective is to introduce Skypecasts, a new voice-based CMC tool, what will be examined is how this medium is being used by participants from all over the world as a forum to learn and use English. Despite their similarities with classrooms, where learning and using English are clear objectives, what is deemed an 'appropriate' or 'normal' contribution in Skypecasts is neither fixed nor predetermined, but an organic collaborative agreement. By focusing on the social-interactional practice of getting acquainted, this paper will offer some insight on how speakers of English as an additional language communicate outside of classrooms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-46
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer-mediated communication
  • English as a lingua franca interaction
  • Learners
  • Learning
  • Skypecasts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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