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dc.contributor.advisor Fredricks, Lori
dc.contributor.advisor Gebril, Atta
dc.contributor.advisor Wachob, Phyllis Galabi, Lora Ibrahim
dc.creator Galabi, Lora Ibrahim 2011-05-30T08:41:04Z 2011-05-30T08:41:04Z 2011 Spring 2011-05-30T08:41:04Z
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the present study was to investigate the use of conventions by EFL students and the requirement of conventions by EFL teachers in student-teacher e-mail communication, in an English-medium university in the Arab world. A convenience sample of 61 students and 13 teachers from the Intensive English Program at the American University in Cairo, Egypt was used. Data were obtained for this exploratory study from a student survey, a teacher survey, and a sample of student e-mails, and were analyzed using descriptive statistics, chi-square tests, and thematic content analysis. Chi-square tests revealed a correlation between the frequency of use of the e-mail conventions, which students and teachers reported, of salutations, complete sentence, closings, and correct spelling; with the exception of the inclusion of salutations, teachers think students use those conventions much less than the students think they do. From the coding of the sample of e-mails it was evident that more than 60% of the student e-mails included information in the subject line, salutations, address terms, complete sentences, no SMS-style language, and the student's name at the end. However, more than half of the conventions were used by less than two-thirds of the student sample whose e-mails were analyzed. In regards to the conventions teachers require, teachers require conventions related to language proficiency the least, and ones related to formality the most. However, overall teachers require e-mail conventions with much less frequency that what the student reported using and what the teachers claimed the students use, as seen in the results of descriptive statistics and chi-square tests. Furthermore, the four conventions least required by teachers (closings, correct letter case, spelling and grammar) are also the ones least used in student e-mails. en
dc.format.medium theses en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject E-mail en
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media and language.
dc.subject.lcsh Language and the Internet.
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Study and teaching.
dc.title Student use and teacher requirement of e-mail conventions en
dc.type Text en
dc.subject.discipline Teaching English as a Foreign Language en
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. English Language Institute en

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