Harrison, Richard and Thomas, Michael (2009) Identity in online communities: social networking sites and language learning. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 7 (2). pp. 109-124. ISSN 1835-8780
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Since their emergence in 2005, Web 2.0 technologies have been advanced as potentially transformative in the area of education in general and foreign language learning in particular. Web 2.0 technologies are presenting new opportunities for developing diverse online learning environments and enhancing interactivity, participation and feedback between students, their peer groups and teachers. This article examines one of the most significant Web 2.0 tools, Social Networking Sites (SNS), and focuses on Livemocha, an example of an online community specifically aimed at encouraging collaboration between foreign language learners. Results from the ethnographic approach adopted in the paper indicate that: (a) SNSs can be used by language learners to explore new relationships rather than merely maintain existing ones and that (b) longitudinal studies are required to achieve a better understanding of the complex processes of mediation involved in online community formation and maintenance.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Social Networking Sites ; SNS ; Livemocha ; Web 2.0 ; language learning ; community|
|Subjects:||Mass communications & documentation > Information services not elsewhere classified|
Linguistics, classics & related subjects > English literature
|Schools:||College of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Languages and Global Studies|
|Deposited By:||Helen Cooper|
|Deposited On:||07 Jan 2011 15:21|
|Last Modified:||19 Oct 2016 12:54|
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