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Reflections on English language teaching: Developing keypal projects in the Japanese university classroom

Harrison, M. (2006). Developing keypal projects in the Japanese university classroom. National University of Singapore: Reflections on English Language Teaching5(1), 141-148.


With university computer labs and self-access centers now a reality, using email for cultural and language exchange has become increasingly more practical. Though research illustrates the effectiveness of asynchronous communication via email as an excellent opportunity for developing reading, writing, and vocabulary skills, effective implementation of such activities can be a challenge. In this paper, I will review the development of email exchange activities at three universities in Western Japan and highlight the importance of instructor support and student feedback.