The bridge between students and teachers: The effect of dialogue journal writing

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Reiko Yoshihara, Nihon University




Dialogue journals are believed to positively influence ESL students’ linguistic competence, understanding of course content, and ability to communicate in written English. This paper explores whether the benefits of using dialogue journals with EFL students are the same as with ESL students. Improvement in writing fluency is measured by comparing the total number of words students wrote in their journals in the first semester with the total number of words they wrote in their journals in the second semester. Finally, through an open-ended survey, I explore the affective consequences of dialogue journal exchanges with a teacher. In this paper, I present dialogue journal writing not only as a means of improving student abilities, but also as a tool for building trust between students and teachers.