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ERIC Number: EJ902177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1030-8385
Technology Use in ESL: An Investigation of Students' Experiences and the Implications for Language Education
Tour, Ekaterina
TESOL in Context, v20 n1 p5-21 Sep 2010
In Australia, information and communication technologies (ICT) are a significant element of a multicultural and multilingual society. However, some people (in particular, international students, immigrants, refugees) may experience many challenges because they use technology in English as their second language (ESL) and in a new sociocultural environment. Informed by a sociocultural perspective and Bill Green's 3-D model (Green, 1988), the study views technology as a complex social, multimodal and multidimensional practice which requires relevant capabilities--technoliteracy. The case studies focus on four international students and their experiences with technology use in ESL. This paper introduces five interrelated categories of challenges--navigation, comprehension, application of discourses, critical analysis and the affective domain. It also outlines the capabilities required for technoliteracy practices in ESL--the English language capabilities, ICT capabilities, contextual capabilities and critical capabilities. The discussion focuses on the need for educators to rethink the use of ICT in a language classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia