EFL Learners' Peer Negotiations and Attitudes in Mobile-assisted Collaborative Writing

  • Shiou-Wen Yeh National Chiao-Tung University
  • Cheng-Ting Chen Chung Yuan Christian University
Keywords: mobile-assisted language learning, collaborative writing, English as a foreign language, peer negotiations, attitudes


Based on the advantages of collaborative writing and the advanced development of mobile technology, this study investigated the communication process and attitudes of a group of college students toward collaborative writing using a Google Docs app on an English writing course. Online collaborative writing assignments were assigned by the instructor in class, while the English as a foreign language (EFL) students were required to work on the writing assignments online. The researchers examined participants’ peer negotiations in this mobile-enhanced, collaborative writing project, focusing on these EFL learners’ negotiation discourse patterns and strategies. The research questions were: 1) What kinds of discourse functions do students produce in online collaborative writing tasks? 2) What kinds of peer negotiation strategies do students use in online collaborative writing tasks? and 3) What are students’ attitudes toward online collaborative writing tasks? A mixed methodology was applied. The findings revealed that participants had a generally positive attitude toward the collaborative writing experience. The results are also discussed in terms of learners’ peer negotiation strategies and types of discourse functions.

Author Biographies

Shiou-Wen Yeh, National Chiao-Tung University

Shiou-Wen Yeh is Professor in the Graduate Institute of TESOL and Language Teaching & Research Center at National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, USA. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning, language learning strategies, English for academic purposes, and educational technology.

Cheng-Ting Chen, Chung Yuan Christian University

Cheng-Ting Chen is an assistant professor of the Department of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies at Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan. She is currently serving as Director of the Language Center of the university. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning, multimedia-assisted language learning, second language acquisition, and distance education. She is one of the authors of Six Principles for Teaching English Language Learners in All Classrooms, published in 2009.