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ERIC Number: EJ866658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0261-4448
"Community", Semiotic Flows, and Mediated Contribution to Activity
Thorne, Steven L.
Language Teaching, v42 n1 p81-94 Jan 2009
This article begins with an overview and problematization of the term "community" through a brief assessment of its history, diverse uses, core attributes, heterogeneous elements, and collocational companions. Following this, I describe demographics and processes associated with collective engagement in digitally mediated environments. Utilizing select alternatives to the term "community"and incorporating the cultural-historical notions of "mediation" and "activity", I then present research describing exogenous influences affecting educational uses of technology in L2 settings, the use of instant messaging and blogging for out-of-class FL interaction at the secondary school level, and a pedagogically focused example of a remixing text posted to an online fan fiction website. I conclude by proposing "bridging activities" as an approach for connecting the emergent logics of digital vernaculars with the analytics of formal schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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