Action research on the development of Chinese communication in a virtual community

Joni Tzuchen Tang, Yao Ting Sung, Kuo En Chang*

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This study was designed to determine if language acquisition can occur in a virtual situation in the absence of explicit instruction. After spending 1 year establishing a virtual community, the authors observed and analyzed interpersonal interactions and the development of Chinese communication competence, communication models, and interaction frequency. The results revealed that (1) language acquisition can be improved autonomously in a virtual situation; (2) communication competence occurs in a loop of processes that include receiving, exploring, dialogue, assimilation, adaptation, asking questions, problem solving, and conversation; (3) social interactions and a friendly environment are the most crucial factors in a virtual community; (4) community consensus, individual motivation, individual personalities, speaking behaviors, language competence, and leading techniques affect how individuals develop communication competence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)942-967
Number of pages26
JournalComputer Assisted Language Learning
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 3


  • communication competence
  • communication models
  • language acquisition
  • virtual situation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Science Applications


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