2015 Volume 26 Pages 53-61
Using online text-based chat rooms for language learning can offer an additional platform to practice L2. Recent research shows that inherent features of chat rooms act as facilitative conditions for language interaction (Blake, 2000; Kitade, 2000). This paper reports the accuracy rate and the use of self-repair across online text-based chat rooms and face-to-face. Error-free clause was measured among three different tasks (personal, narration, decision making) with that of online chat rooms and face-to-face. The data of self-initiated self-repair was also collected to indicate how the learners were repairing themselves for accuracy. As a result, online text-based chat room tasks in personal and narration tasks had significantly higher accuracy than that of face-to-face. However, the number of self-initiated self-repair were higher for face-to-face. The finding suggests that the use of text-based chat rooms can produce accurate output compared to that of face-to-face. The number of self-initiated self-repair did not show a relationship with the accuracy result which could imply that chat logs do not show what the learners are actually producing and that covert self-initiated self-repair in the chat log needs to be taken into consideration to fully understand the learners’ output process.