Using Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication to Develop L2 Learners’ Oral Fluency

  • Atsushi Miura (Kanagawa University)
  • Takayuki Nagamine (Lancaster University)


The current study investigated the effect of synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC) on developing L2 learner utterance fluency. Twenty-two native Japanese learners of English engaged in a series of task-based communicative activities in pairs for 12 weeks using the text-chat function of Microsoft Teams. Although their pre/post performances were not statistically different, the comparison of their oral performance recorded before and after the text-chat activities suggested a slight improvement in fluency,particularly in terms of the pause behavior with mid to large effect sizes. We argue that SCMC could be a promising alternative tool for L2 oral fluency development.

How to Cite: Miura, A., & Nagamine, T. (2022). Using synchronous computer-mediated communication to develop L2 learners’ oral fluency. In J. Levis & A. Guskaroska (eds.), Proceedings of the 12th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, held June 2021 virtually at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

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Published on
19 Sep 2022
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