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Liu, M.; Abe, K.; Cao, M. W.; Liu, S.; Ok, D. U.; Park, J.; Parrish, C.; Sardegna, V. G. – CALICO Journal, 2015
Although educators are excited about the potential of social network sites for language learning (SNSLL), there is a lack of understanding of how SNSLL can be used to facilitate teaching and learning for English as Second language (ESL) instructors and students. The purpose of this study was to examine the affordances of four selected SNSLL…
Descriptors: Social Media, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Technology Uses in Education
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Rott, Susanne; Weber, Elizabeth Dolly – CALICO Journal, 2013
In this paper we outline an approach to learner preparation that provides a framework to effectively structure a collaborative and cooperative student research assignment using a wiki site as a writing platform. While students are familiar with posting pictures and videos online, they may not be aware of how to effectively integrate text and…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
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Poole, Robert – CALICO Journal, 2012
This study compares the effectiveness of online textual glosses enhanced with modified corpus-extracted sentences presented in concordance lines and textual glosses enhanced with dictionary definitions drawn from an online learner's dictionary for academic vocabulary learning at higher proficiency levels. Particularly, the study aimed to determine…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Foreign Students
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Pellet, Stephanie H. – CALICO Journal, 2012
Most pedagogical applications of wikis in foreign language education draw on this collaborative tool to improve (formal) writing skills or to develop target language cultural sensitivity, missing largely on the opportunity to support student-developed L2 content knowledge. Seeking an alternative to traditional teacher-centered approaches, this…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Computer Mediated Communication, Sociolinguistics, Course Content
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Vasconcelos, Ricardo – CALICO Journal, 2012
This study examines student preferences and behavior when navigating online multimedia modules dedicated to teaching cultural aspects associated with an L2, and the contribution of the online multimedia format of the modules to raising interest in these cultural topics. It focuses on student options regarding reading texts on the modules' main…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Multimedia Materials, Multimedia Instruction, Web Sites
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Sun, Yu-Chih – CALICO Journal, 2012
Educational blogs have drawn the growing interest of researchers and language teachers due to the user-friendly interfaces as well as the powerful archiving features. The purpose of the current study is two-fold: (1) to examine the effectiveness of extensive speaking practice on speaking performance in voice blogs, and (2) to examine learners'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Web Sites, Speech Communication, Electronic Publishing
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Mills, Nicole – CALICO Journal, 2011
Scholars praise social networking tools for their ability to engage and motivate iGeneration students in meaningful communicative practice, content exchange, and collaboration (Greenhow, Robelia, & Hughes, 2009; Ziegler, 2007). To gain further insight about the nature of student participation, knowledge acquisition, and relationship development…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Student Participation, Course Content, French
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Wood, Peter – CALICO Journal, 2011
"QuickAssist," the program presented in this paper, uses natural language processing (NLP) technologies. It places a range of NLP tools at the disposal of learners, intended to enable them to independently read and comprehend a German text of their choice while they extend their vocabulary, learn about different uses of particular words,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, German, Natural Language Processing
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Allard, Daniele; Bourdeau, Jacqueline; Mizoguchi, Riichiro – CALICO Journal, 2011
This paper addresses the problem of cultural and native language interference in second/foreign language acquisition. More specifically, it examines issues of interference that can be traced to a student's native language and that also have a cultural component. To this effect, an understanding of what actually comprises both interference and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Interference (Language), Cultural Influences
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Pardo-Ballester, Cristina; Rodriguez, Julio Cesar – CALICO Journal, 2010
This article reports on the use of design-based research (DBR) in the development of online reading materials for beginning and intermediate Spanish learners. The report focuses on four studies of two main aspects of the development, namely, interface design and learner perceptions. The discussion of interface design includes the analysis of…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Computer Assisted Instruction, Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction