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ERIC Number: EJ968785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-7778
Wikis for Building Content Knowledge in the Foreign Language Classroom
Pellet, Stephanie H.
CALICO Journal, v29 n2 p224-248 Jan 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 paper proposes a social-constructivist model that integrates computer-mediated communication (CMC) and collaborative learning to teach two advanced undergraduate L2 content-based courses--French sociolinguistics and modern French. It reports on the processes and learning outcomes for thirty students who built a wiki, and engaged in other collaborative and active-learning exercises, to develop content knowledge in French. This approach provides an authentic and meaningful language learning setting and integrates technology-assisted collaborative learning in syllabus design from the outset. Post-course evaluations indicate that students developed a sense of class community through the collaborative approach and felt engaged with course content. This exploratory, qualitative project also provides insight on the importance of continuous critical instructor feedback for optimal quality of student output and of a system encouraging and controlling equal participation of students. The study suggests that the "read-and-write" Internet offers a unique medium for constructive learning approaches, which together can help students develop learner autonomy and metacognitive skills. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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