Hybrid text-based role-plays in the teaching of German as a Second Language at the University of Western Australia: factors affecting student participation in and the success of language learning through role-play

Iris Ludewig-Rohwer

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Abstract

This research examines the suitability of hybrid text-based online role-plays for language learning as a tool to increase students' exposure to and engagement with the target language. A cyclical approach to action research was used to design, implement and evaluate four online role-plays. Student feedback was sought through questionnaires before, during and after the role-plays, and triangulated with observations based on quantitative and qualitative evaluation of students' posts. Critical factors to enhance participation and learning in online role-play are anonymity, a mix of synchronous and asynchronous communication, blended approaches, identification with the character, assessment and feedback.
Translated title of the contributionHybrid text-based role-plays in the teaching of German as a Second Language at the University of Western Australia: factors affecting student participation in and the success of language learning through role-play
Original languageGerman
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date27 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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