Technology Uses in Creating Second Language (L2) Learning Environments: When Learners are Creators

ID: 32141 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Gaoming Zhang, University of Indianapolis, United States
  2. Yong Zhao, University of Oregon, United States

Friday, March 11 11:50 AM-12:10 PM

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Technology has shown great potentials in facilitate L2 learning since it can provide three critical conditions in L2 learning, i.e., language input, opportunities for language uses, and feedback. In theory, with today’s technology, anyone can learn a foreign language successfully. However, how learner use technology to create their L2 learning environment is understudied. This study addresses two research questions: 1) How do students use technology in their L2 learning? 2) What factors affect how frequently ESL learners use technology? The findings indicate that Technology use in L2 learning is not as ideal as the great potentials of technology that have been repetitively claimed. Instead, technology use in L2 learning is multi-faceted. Although technology starts to be used by learners in L2 learning, there are variations among the frequency of individual learners’ technology use. Variations are also found in learners’ technology use by application. On the other hand, social network factors play a role in how learners use technology to learn English.

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