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Wang, Shenggao; Vasquez, Camilla – CALICO Journal, 2012
This article reviews current research on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in second language (L2) learning. Its purpose is to investigate the theoretical perspectives framing it, to identify some of the benefits of using Web 2.0 technologies in L2 learning, and to discuss some of the limitations. The review reveals that blogs and wikis have been…
Descriptors: Uncommonly Taught Languages, Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Educational Technology
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Mitchell, Kathleen – CALICO Journal, 2012
English language learners in the United States and abroad have begun to utilize Facebook, a social networking site, which since its inception in 2004 has been extremely popular with American college students. This qualitative case study with participants from an intensive English program in the US explores seven ESOL students' motivations for…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Social Networks
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Yanguas, Inigo – CALICO Journal, 2012
The present study adds to the computer-mediated communication (CMC) literature by exploring oral learner-to-learner interaction using Skype, a free and widely used Internet software program. In particular, this task-based study has a two-fold goal. Firstly, it explores possible differences between two modes of oral CMC (audio and video) and…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Listening Comprehension, Research Design, Computer Mediated Communication
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Vorobel, Oksana; Kim, Deoksoon – CALICO Journal, 2012
In this paper, we review empirical research on language teaching at a distance, published between 2005 and 2010. After compiling a list of journals, we went through a multi-stage process of analyzing relevant studies. This overview of research is based on twenty-four articles. The content analysis of research studies led our inquiry on topics…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Content Analysis, Distance Education, Second Language Learning
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Zhu, Yu; Fung, Andy S. L.; Wang, Hongyan – CALICO Journal, 2012
Digital flashcards are one of the most popular self-study computer-assisted vocabulary learning tools for beginners of Chinese as a foreign language. However, studies on the effects of this widely used learning tool are scarce. Introducing a new concept--referential stimulus--into the Dual Coding Theory (DCT) framework, this study acknowledges the…
Descriptors: Animation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Memorization, Educational Technology
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Hsu, Hsiu-Chen – CALICO Journal, 2012
Over the last decade, a small body of SLA research has examined the effects of task planning on L2 production. This research has revealed positive results concerning the effect of pre-task and online planning on oral and written production. However, no studies to date have investigated the joint effects of pre-task and online planning. In…
Descriptors: Synchronous Communication, Computer Assisted Instruction, Predictor Variables, Content Analysis
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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; Yang, Hui-Chi – CALICO Journal, 2012
Open source lectures not only provide knowledge-seekers with convenient ways to obtain knowledge and information, they also serve as potential language learning resources that provide extensive language input and repeated exposure to vocabulary within specific topics or disciplines. This current study aims to examine the relationship between…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Learning Experience, Linguistic Input
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Halvorsen, Andy – CALICO Journal, 2012
This mixed-methods study looks at patterns of emoticon usage in adult, ESL student writing. Data are drawn from 13 students and their participation in online discussion forums designed to supplement a traditional ESL writing course. The study conceptualizes computer mediated communication as a hybridized and emergent form which utilizes features…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Discourse Analysis, Questionnaires, Interviews
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East, Martin; King, Chris – CALICO Journal, 2012
In the listening component of the IELTS examination candidates hear the input once, delivered at "normal" speed. This format for listening can be problematic for test takers who often perceive normal speed input to be too fast for effective comprehension. The study reported here investigated whether using computer software to slow down…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, Language Tests, High Stakes Tests, Computer Software
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Oliver, Kevin; Kellogg, Shaun; Patel, Ruchi – CALICO Journal, 2012
High school students participating in online courses offered by the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) completed end-of-course surveys in spring 2009. When the responses of 559 foreign language students were compared to students in five other subject area groups, the findings suggested foreign language students had significantly lower…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Online Courses, Second Language Learning, Cooperation
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Goertler, Senta; Bollen, Magelone; Gaff, Joel, Jr. – CALICO Journal, 2012
Due to increases in enrollment, hybrid course delivery models, in which part of the instruction happens online, have become a popular solution to financial and space problems. Yet, little is known about the institutional preparedness for the implementation of hybrid language courses, especially the students' computer literacy and access as well as…
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Student Attitudes, Blended Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Mekheimer, Mohamed Amin A. – CALICO Journal, 2012
This study investigates the effects on EFL students of using Blackboard technology and online dictionaries in developing translating skills and building positive attitudes towards translation in male Saudi college students. The study compares two groups of students in a translation course; one in a traditional, face-to-face setting (control) and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Attitudes, Translation, Second Language Learning
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Karabulut, Aliye; Levelle, Kimberly; Li, Jinrong; Suvorov, Ruslan – CALICO Journal, 2012
The qualitative study reported in this article explored the use of technology for language learning in a third-year French class at a public university in the Midwest of the USA. To address the need for a more holistic study of technology for language learning (Basharina, 2007; Thorne, 2003), an Activity Theory framework was employed to…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Technology, French, Qualitative Research
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Hadjistassou, Stella K. – CALICO Journal, 2012
The goal of this study was to investigate the culturally afforded contradictions that ten advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) learner encountered when they posted their paper topics and exchanged feedback strategies online and contextualized some of these strategies to draft their papers. Using Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT),…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Peer Evaluation, Foreign Students, Cultural Influences
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