This blog post tries to explore how fanfiction net offered by networked technologies and fan culture help English language learners develop their English language and writing skills by doing a case study on Nanako, a Chinese immigrant who posts her stories and maintain ing the discussion committed to a Japanese writer. From Nanako’s stories, it can be learned that her process of fanfiction writing gives her not only a chance to develop her confidence and motivation to continue her writing in English mostly while sometimes with Japanese and Chinese. On the oher hand, it also helps her to define her identity as an Asian with pride after exploring her identity in different ways over the years. During the process, the feedback given by readers from a linguistically and culturally diverse group of young people across the world and their feedback as well as the positive interactions between Nanako and the readers cannot be neglected.
Since fanfiction writing needs knowledge of social discourses and school-based forms of writing and popular culture, this kind of site provides people with opportunities to get more knowledge about popular culture and adopt cultural identities with practicing different writing forms in English without limitation. Due to the function of fanfiction net, a safe and supportive writing venue can be provided with to the writers while the response across geographic borders globally is beneficial to promoting communication and cooperation between fans and help them to consider some social and cultural issues in their lives.
From Nanako’s case, we can see that internet has provided a platform for people with different nationalities to form their own community. Also, writing fanfiction magically helped Nanako to grow from a humble ELL to a communicative multi lingual writer, which not only built up her own confidence in language learning but also motivated her to explore different culture. As we all know, the ultimate gole of learning a foreign language is to communicate with people fluently, therefore, the fanfiction writing community is offering learners a very conclusive platform to grow.
- What’s fanfiction?
- How fanfiction contributes to Nanako or others language learners?