Web-based Social Network for Second Language Learning

ID: 35077 Type: Brief Paper
  1. James Casner and Chia-Jung Chung, California State University Sacramento, United States

Tuesday, March 6 11:30-11:50 AM Location: Creekside I View on map

Presider: Md Mokter Hossain, University of Alabama, United States

Abstract: Learning a second language is a great challenge. Second language learners need to learn in authentic real-life ways where their second language comes to life as a means of communication. The purpose of this study is to evaluate Internet based communicative interaction, through a custom designed Web-based Social Network for Second Language Learning (SNSLL), between native and non-native speakers to determine if this interaction may improve second language reading, writing, listening, and speaking knowledge and skills and motivate learning. This study reports on skill improvement, mutual benefits, attitude of the participants, and use of technology issues. If second language curricula worldwide could be technologically integrated where students would be both learners from native speakers of their target language and teachers of their native language then the pedagogy of second language education would connect directly to the communicative purpose of learning a second language.

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