A fresh start: building an online community

For many people, an essential component of learning is ‘community’. That’s certainly the case for John Green, who presented a talk at TEDxIndianapolis entitled ‘The nerd’s guide to learning everything online‘. He describes how YouTube videos have enabled him to engage in a learning community, which has encouraged him ‘to continue to be a learner […]

Mobile Assisted Language Learning

Authors: Scarlett, Fiona, Thomas The proliferation of mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones in many countries, as well as a growing number of language learning applications that run on such devices, has made mobile learning a more compelling study option for L2 students in recent years. Research into ‘Mobile Assisted Language Learning’ (MALL) […]

Fostering Learner Autonomy with a Digital Video Project

Melody & Joy Photo Credit: Franz Walter2013 via Compfight cc Advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)(what is ICTs? Click here) have witnessed the emergence of new literacies in online contexts. The features of the new practices are as follows: Representation, which includes visual and hypertexual modes; Increased interaction and communication. Individuals have opportunities to […]

A Guideline of Digital Multimodal Composition: Integrating Audio & Video into Writing

By Cecile, Nancy and Mia Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk via Compfight cc Nowadays, teachers are quite familiar with teaching students to compose alphabetic texts (what is alphabetic? click here) in the digital environments, such as reports, academic essays, research papers, etc. However, they are often reluctant to introduce multiple modes in media into their writing […]

Digital Game-based Language Learning

The emergence of digital games has elevated game-based language learning to a new level. Recently the role of digital games in language learning has aroused the attention of both language researchers and game designers who put effort into providing appropriate pedagogical support to maximize learning in gaming environments. A study of the relationship between digital […]

Popular Media Forms in Language Learning

Purushotma’s (2005) paper argues how important the new term “edutainment” is to educators teaching adolescent students. It has been largely explored to achieve educational goals within entertainment content (e.g.: the applications of online games, music videos, typing tutors, etc.). The author provides a case from her own experience of language learning. With the memorization of […]

L2 Identity Through Writing on the Internet

The paper that we are going to introduce is a case study which focuses on a teenage Chinese immigrant in the United States, Almon. The study looks at how Almon communicates on the Internet in a transnational group of J-pop fans and how this translates into his identity formation. It also draws on critical questions […]

CMC in L2 Teaching

CMC, Computer mediated communication, is widely used in language teaching today. According to Abrams (2012), the way students communicate when using CMC differs from their face-to-face interactions. L2 learners become more independent and rely less on instructors. In addition, students who practice oral and written chat through computer perform better than other peers. In this […]

Virtual spaces and foreign language learning

According to Stevenson and Liu (2010), foreign language learning websites provide an interactive platform for people to acquire new languages through online communications. Language learning websites create collaborative communities for people from different countries to communicate. The most intriguing feature is that users can learn new foreign languages and meanwhile teach their native language through […]

Online Fanfiction in Language Learning

Fanfiction is writing in which fans use media narratives and pop cultural icons as inspiration for creating their own texts.(Black, 2006, p.172) Rebecca W. Black conducted a case study about a girl named Nanako, a native Mandarin Chinese speaker who had moved from China to Canada. When she first arrived in Canada, she struggled with […]