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
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).