Translanguaging in Facebook: What have we learnt from a student in Serbia?

Conducted by Warren, Samson, Charlotte and Connor Summary Introduction “I am what I am, no matter what language I speak,” the words were told by a hip-hop artist named Aleksandar, a student of a Serbian university, whose multilingual posts on Facebook and translingual attitude drew Schreiber’s attention. Schreiber (2015) investigated how Aleksandar used multiple linguistic […]

Teachers’ Self-initiated Professional Learning Through PLNs

Introduction to Personal Learning Networks As a possible ESL teacher in the future, have you noticed that our everyday life is increasingly mediated by technologies and so is our classroom? More and more online applications like Canvas are being used and at the same time videos, images, or useful links are more often seen during […]

Commenting on YouTube Videos to Learn

By Daniel, Tiffany, Lyla, and Vanessa Source of video: Please click the hyperlink above and skim through the comments. How many languages could you identify in the comments? Did you pick up something from the comments? Do you think these netizens also picked up something through commenting? Looking at these video comments, you can […]

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 […]

The Use of Web 2.0 Functions in Foreign Language Learning Websites

By Grace Wang and Camie Kwok The homepage of Babbel (Photo Credit: Highlights of Stevenson and Liu (2010)’s article on foreign language learning websites: In recent years, some foreign language learning websites have incorporated Web 2.0 functions. Specifically, they allow users to interact with native speakers of their target languages. Stevenson and Liu (2010) […]

Writing on the Internet and Language Learning

Posted by Corrine, Zoe, Eunice & Cindy The modern century has entered an increasingly networked, electronic, and globalized age. Students are involved in virtual communities, mediated by tools like emails, blogs and online forums, on a more frequent basis. An increasing number of researchers pay attention to the impact of digital literacy practices on L2 […]

Blogging and language learning

Blogs can provide teachers and learners with a tool that is very easy to set up and that provides a space where they can interact and practise language use. Considering blogs in education generally, Will Richardson points out that blogging means linking to content, analyzing and synthesizing that content, and writing for real readers, with […]

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 […]