ERIC Number: EJ813374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 55
You've Got Some GALL: Google-Assisted Language Learning
Chinnery, George M.
Language Learning & Technology, v12 n1 p3-11 Feb 2008
The impact of the internet on the English, and global, lexicon is nothing new. It has become habitual to send e-mails or text messages in lieu of using snail-mail or calling on the phone. Many other forms of computer-mediated communication have similarly found themselves both publicly and officially recognized. In 2004, "blog" was named "Merriam Webster's" word of the year. Likewise "podcast," which the "New Oxford American Dictionary" named as its 2005 word of the year. "Google" entered "Merriam-Webster" the next year, though only as runner-up for word of the year, losing out to "truthiness". What is unique about Google's cross-over is not only the fact that its brand name has trumped its function but that it is this function with which it is synonymous. In this article, the author discusses how Google became a powerful internet tool and proposes several ways in which the power of Google can be harnessed for pedagogical purposes.
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Computer Mediated Communication, Internet, Search Engines, Political Issues, Influence of Technology, Online Searching, English Instruction
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