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 […]

Blogs in language education

According to Rebecca Blood, the weblog (or ‘blog’ for short) is the first ‘native’ genre of the internet (follow this link if you want to see a good video of what blogging is all about). If you think about it, blogs fundamentally change the way that we read and write. They provide people with the […]

Getting started: Building a learning community online

Now is an exciting part of the semester: we’ve gotten off to a good start and are ready to explore the world of new literacies and language learning. As Graham Stanley points out in his book Language Learning with Technology, for online learning to work effectively, it’s important to build the right kind of supportive […]