Since the first study on computer-mediated communication tools in support of language learning was published in 1992, asynchronous and synchronous tools have been widely adopted; however, few reviews have been conducted to explore the research status in this field. As COVID-19 has increased the use of online tools in education, the need to understand how asynchronous and synchronous tools are being used in language education has grown. In this bibliometric analysis, we reviewed asynchronous and synchronous online language learning (ASOLL) by analyzing the trends, topics, and findings of 319 articles on ASOLL. The results indicate that interest in ASOLL has increased over the past three decades with ASOLL for oral proficiency development and collaborative ASOLL being the two main research issues. Interest in three topics – collaborative ASOLL, emotions, and corrective feedback – was especially apparent. The review contributes to the understanding of ASOLL while providing practical implications for using information communication technologies to enhance language learning. Copyright © 2023 Laboratory for Knowledge Management & E-Learning, The University of Hong Kong.
CitationHuang, X., Zou, D., Cheng, G., Chen, X., & Xie, H. (2023). A bibliometric analysis of the trends, topics, and findings of research publications on asynchronous and synchronous online language learning over three decades. Knowledge Management & E-Learning, 15(2), 153-173. https://doi.org/10.34105/j.kmel.2023.15.009
- Synchronous learning
- Online learning
- Language learning
- Bibliometric analysis