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Palgrave Macmillan

Social Networking for Language Education

ISBN 9781137023360
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Language Learning and Teaching Environments

Social media are applications that have a networking dimension at the heart of their use. They attract language learners, teachers and providers for different reasons, although they are a controversial issue in language education as we lack evidence whether and how they promote language learning. This book studies the impact of networking with the social media on language learning, through a collection of chapters offering theoretical perspectives and empirical studies of learner experiences in a wide range of networking settings, illustrating through a variety of teaching as well as research methodologies. Through focusing on communities and socialization, together the editors and contributors help to identify priority issues (such as identity and community-building) that need attention if today's social media culture is to work to the benefit of language learners.

Marie-Noëlle Lamy is Professor of Distance Language Learning at the Open University, UK. She has fifteen years of experience in designing and implementing languages courses for online study, involving extensive use of e-tutorials, text-based as well as voice-based. Marie-Noelle has researched extensively in the field of computer-mediated communication for language learning, with a particular interest in real-time group conversations in multimodal settings. Her current main interests are investigating methodologies for the description of online learning conversations, and researching co-construction of group cultures by language learners in online and social networking environments. Her publications include Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching.

Katerina Zourou is Senior Researcher at the Sør-Trøndelag University College, Tronheim, Norway. She previously worked as post-doctoral researcher in the field of computer supported collaborative language learning at the University of Luxembourg (2008-2012) and at the University Stendhal Grenoble III, France (2006-2008). Katerina's research interests involve the role of computer tools in foreign language education as well as telecollaborative practices online.

1. An Ecological Analysis of Social Networking Site-Mediated Identity Development; Jonathon Reinhardt And Hsin-I Chen
2. Architecture Students' Appropriation of Avatars – Relationships Between Avatar Identity and L2 Verbal Participation and Interaction; Ciara Wigham and Thierry Chanier
3. Online Reading Groups and Network Dynamics; Chris Lima and Marie-Noëlle Lamy
4. Bridging Design and Language Interaction and Reuse in Livemocha's Culture Space; Katerina Zourou, Mathieu Loiseau
5. Profiles in Online Communities; Richard Harrison
6. It's Not Just the Tool; Carolin Fuchs and Bill Snyder
7. A Study of the Use of Social Network Sites for Language Learning by University ESL Students; Liu, M., Evans, M., Horwitz, E. K., Lee, S., Mccrory, M., Park, J.-B., and Parrish, C.
8. On-Line and Off-Site; Meei-Ling Liaw And Kathryn English
9. Formative Assessment within Social Network Sites for Language Learning; Paul Gruba and Cameron Clark
10. Social Media-Based Language Learning; Marie-Noëlle Lamy and François Mangenot

Thierry Chanier, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Hsin-I Chen, Tunghai University, Taiwan
Cameron Clark, British Council in Singapore
Kathryn English, Université Panthéon Assas, Paris II, and the Ecole Polytechnique, France
Mathew Evans, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Elaine K. Horwitz, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Carolin Fuchs, Columbia University, New York, USA
Paul Gruba, University of Melbourne, Australia
Richard Harrison, Kobe University, Japan
Marie-Noëlle Lamy, Open University, UK
Sunjung Lee, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Meei-Ling Liaw, National Taichung University, Taiwan
Chris Lima, Open University, UK
Min Liu, University of Texas at Austin, USA.
Mathieu Loiseau, LIRIS laboratory in Lyon, France
François Mangenot, Grenoble 3 University, France
Monica McCrory, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Jeong-Bin (Hannah) Park, Austin Community College, USA
Claire Meadows Parrish, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Jonathon Reinhardt, University of Arizona in Tucson, USA
Bill Snyder, Columbia University's Japan Campus in Tokyo, Japan
Ciara R. Wigham, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Katerina Zourou, University of Luxembourg


'This collection is an invaluable source of empirical studies for researchers, teachers, and graduate students interested in using social networking tools in language learning and teaching. Thus, the book will be of utmost value for those in search not only of studies that will inform them about recent literature but also of empirical investigations that can be used as a model for future studies.' - Linguist
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