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Internet in the EFL Classroom: The Keyp@l Club
Marcel Bittencourt Tavares

One of the most powerful ways of communication offered by the Internet is the eletronic mail, and this work aims at showing that an exchange of e-mails between teacher and students in an EFL course could not only prepare them to understand e-mail English,but also make them constructivist learners.

I - INTRODUCTION

Since the exchange of e-mails by the Internet is becoming the most usual form of written communication in the world, teaching e-mail writing turned to be essential in the EFL classroom.

Following Mario Rinvolucri’s experiment (Rinvolucri,1983) to stimulate creative writing based on the Herbert Kohl technique (Kohl,1977),I have found that a keypal activity in classroom motivates intermediate students to jot down their opinions and past experiences without worrying about mistakes.

II - PREPARATION

Eletronic communication,written on keyboards and read on computer screens is writing that very often reads as if it were being spoken,that is,as if the sender were writing-talking. Hence, Internet English is developing its own forms of communication,like emoticons and acronyms used to describe the emailer feelings or physical characteristics (see table below).

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