Janine O. Shelley (Ph.D., Iowa State University) is Technology Coordinator for the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Post-Institute Connections: Implementation and Outcomes of a Diffusion-Based Electronic Mail Instructional Model1
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1997 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 124–139, March 1997
How to Cite
Shelley, J. O. (1997), Post-Institute Connections: Implementation and Outcomes of a Diffusion-Based Electronic Mail Instructional Model. Foreign Language Annals, 30: 124–139. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1997.tb01323.x
I This research was funded by the U S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Center for International Education, under Grant No. P229A3005 to Iowa State University. The opinions expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the Department of Education
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Electronic mail's capability to provide opportunities for language exchange, establish ties with other cultures, and facilitate contact with other educators makes it an excellent medium to introduce foreign language teachers to the power of computer-based technologies in education. This study describes diffusion-based electronic mail instruction integrated into the four National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center 1994 summer institutes that 86 foreign language educators attended. Instruction was designed to introduce institute participants to electronic mail to provide them with a means of communication as they completed post-institute collaborative projects. Results of this study suggest that the diffusion-based instruction was effective in encouraging participants to use electronic mail. Participants who received electronic mail instruction used electronic mail significantly more than comparable foreign language teachers who did not attend the institutes.