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ERIC Number: EJ896576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1499-6677
Use of Social Software to Address Literacy and Identity Issues in Second Language Learning
Hutchinson, Jill
Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, v35 n3 Fall 2009
The emerging trend of social software technology can address many different second language (L2) learner needs through authentic social interaction and a variety of scaffolding processes. Social software connects education with real-life learning and interests, and engages and motivates students. It can facilitate learning environments that are more learner-centred, informal and collaborative. Increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms and uneven access to technology are revealing educational inequalities for English Language Learners (ELLs) (Pruitt-Mentle, 2007). In a review of the literature, the author explores how social software tools, through the lens of socio-constructivist theory, can support literacy development and improve linguistic power relationships, building self-esteem and encouraging positive educational and identity experiences for L2 learners. Recommendations for future research on social software use focusing on issues of appropriateness and responsible use for L2 learners, acceptance of social tools and technology accessibility, are presented.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada