Communication strategies in problem-free synchronous and asynchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC): an Egyptian EFL university context


This study investigated four communication strategies in problem-free synchronous and asynchronous CMC interactions among 15 advanced Egyptian students in an EFL university context. The data yielded a statistically significant difference in the use of topic continuation and off-task discussion at higher levels than forward inferencing and hypothesis testing in synchronous CMC. Differences among some groups were also observed showing variation in communication strategy use. The results failed to support similar findings in asynchronous CMC. However, the data implied several considerations closely related to low interactivity in asynchronous CMC. The findings suggest that some communication strategies may lend themselves to a certain mode of interaction more than others, considering intra/interpersonal factors. The study concludes that it is necessary to conduct further research on how interactivity relates to other factors. Most significantly, emphasis is placed on exploring nonnative interactions with a focus on communicative successes, despite the learners' linguistic and communicative limitations.

Date of Award


Online Submission Date

January 2013

First Advisor

Hozayin, Russanne

Committee Member 1

Hozayin, Russanne

Committee Member 2

Perry, Fred

Document Type



134 p.


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