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Formulaic Language Use in Virtual Academic Discussions

, National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan

Global Learn, in Online, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


The researcher integrates a function-based account of formulaic language learning into online discussion moves, to support nonnative English speakers’ interpretation and expressions during online information exchange. Formulaic language items serve as contextualization cues and facilitate nonnative English speakers to make sense of academic talks and partake effectively in online discussions. Twelve graduate students in a TEFL program in Taiwan and 12 Polish Educational Technology majors receive a focused training on mastering formulaic expressions for academic discourses in English. All participants watch online keynote speeches/virtual seminars in the field of Education, and jointly identify how the talks proceed and if/how the formulaic expressions signal discoursal moves. Data are collected from students’ needs assessment, learning logs (from watching online videoclips), the records of three forum discussions among all the participants, and students’ reflection. Biber, Conrad, and Cortes’ (2004) taxonomy of formulaic language for academic purposes is used for data analysis.


Chen, W.C. (2012). Formulaic Language Use in Virtual Academic Discussions. In Proceedings of Global Learn 2012: Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 152-157). Online,: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 17, 2019 from .


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