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 […]

Getting started with blogging: Building a learning community

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 […]

Mobile Learning — Small Devices, Big Issues

Edited by: Fiona, Lissie, Dallas What is “Mobile learning” ? People being allowed to gain knowledge, skills and experience through a mobile interaction with technology, beyond the limitation of contexts, is called “mobile learning”. Figure 1. Mobile devices for learning One most important issue of mobile learning is about the “ mobility” augmented by personal […]

MOBILE APPS FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING

A few years ago, the most exciting thing we could do with our mobile phones was to download a ringtone. However, the development of new technology has made a vast array of apps (applications) is made readily available for iPhone or Android phone users. This phenomenon has led to tremendous interest in Mobile learning (m-learning) […]

Multimodal Composition: Words, Audio and Video

Have you ever finished a composition assignment using digital tools like sound recorders or cameras? Or have you ever assigned an audio documentary or a video adaptation of some plays? In our English class, everything can become possible. In the study of Selfe and Wright’s (2007) Words, audio and video: Composing and the processes of […]

Digital Storytelling in the Language Art Classroom

How would you imagine the world without stories? We lost the record from the past, events happened in the present world, even the prediction about the future. Actually, storytelling is a part of what makes us human and it is very old since the dawn of man. In the web 2.0 time, storytelling has developed […]

YOU’RE NOT STUDYING, YOU’RE JUST…

Do you have the same problems in language education? In COMMENTARY: YOU’RE NOT STUDYING, YOU’RE JUST…, Ravi Purushotma puts forward an idea that educators should embrace and modify entertainment-focused media forms in language education. In order to illustrate and support his opinion, the author takes his own language learning experience, in which he took great advantages of […]