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ERIC Number: EJ980796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1475-939X
Bridging the Language and Cultural Gaps: The Use of Blogs
Garcia-Sanchez, Soraya; Rojas-Lizana, Sol
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v21 n3 p361-381 2012
This article aims to demonstrate how the use of an online journal, a bilingual blog, can contribute to filling in the language and cultural gaps of foreign language learners. This case study focuses on the participation, interaction, motivation, language acquisition, feedback and cultural input improved by students of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the University of Queensland in Australia and students of English as a Foreign Language at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain. It demonstrates how this learner-directed instructional context allows intercultural and "language" exchanges, firstly between participants, as a peer revision exercise and secondly, as collaborative work and a discussion platform in the blog "GranCanBrisbaneEspanolEnglish". (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; China; Finland; France; Portugal; Spain; United Kingdom (England)