Role of Concordancers in ESL Academic Writing

Edited by Fannie, Gladys and Ivory INTRODUCTION Have you ever experienced any difficulties when composing a piece of academic writing in English? It is an experience that almost every L2 writer has come across. Concordancing may be one of the resources to provide writing assistance to us. Concordancing is a widespread online reference resource which […]

Learning with Your APPs

Edited by Celia, Iris, Lucy and Pat How many apps (applications) do you have on your phone? What are these apps for? How do you categorize them? How many of them are related to learning? Nowadays, there is an app for just about anything — be it for federal government agencies or your local bakery. […]

Going to the MALL: Mobile Assisted Language Learning

Edited by Joyce and Moon What do you think about mobile phones? Do you use it for communication and entertainment, or does it facilitate you in other fields too? The use of technologies in education and training is far from new. This blog post discusses the emerging MALL by using the article of  Chinnery, G.M (2006). Introduction […]

Mobile Learning- Small Devices, Big Issues

Edited by Bella, Catherine, Evelyn, Fay Do you own a mobile phone? Of course you do! What do you normally do with it? Checking your idol’s social media page, or stalking your ex to see whether he/she is doing better than you? LOL, just kidding. What we really want to ask is if you have […]

A New Approach to Language Learning — Digital Multimodal Composing

Edited by Winnie, Charlene, Pesy & Rachel Have you ever tried to make a video or audio with your classmates in English classes? What impression did these experiences give you? This type of class participation activities in the field of digital multimodal composing (DMC) has drawn attention in language teaching and there has been a […]

The Effects of Digital Game Play on Willingness to Communicate

Edited by Emma, Jennifer, Jean, Mandy As the beneficiaries of the information technology era, we simply cannot deny how much technology has improved our lives. Technology is everywhere and in everything. Even in education, we have benefited a lot from computers and other devices. Digital games, a product of new technology, also play an important […]

Digital Gaming and Second Language Learning

Edited by Carmen, Ivy, Sarah and Sophia Song Are the music and icon familiar to you? Congratulations! You are in line with millions of players around the world. Digital games have become increasingly popular among the young generation these days. Integrating L2 gaming into foreign language learning has aroused public interest and provoked discussion among […]

CMC–Talking in Text, Learning by Net

Conducted by Champion, Nicole, Shirley and Queenie Not the building CMC (Creative Media Center) located in CityU, the CMC that we will talk about in the following passage is computer-mediated communication. Computer-mediated communication was defined as “a vehicle for the metaphorical construction of community, the crafting of multiple personae and collective identities, and the assumption […]

Language learning through interactive websites

As a new mode of language learning, some foreign language learning websites with social networking features appear as collaborative platforms in which users can learn languages by communicating directly with other members of the online community. In Stevenson and Liu’s (2010) article, Palabea (the website has been closed), Babbel and Live Mocha, three language learning websites, are selected […]