Using social networks for language learning
Ali Reza Rezaei, California State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Social networks have been used widely for language learning (Paollilo, 2001). There are a number of studies (mostly qualitative) focusing on the nature and process of second language learning through social networks (Kurata, 2007; Case, 2004). Recently, some social networks have been developed specially for language learning. These newly developed social networks, however, are not quite known among American students. It is hard to find any published research studying these new tools. This ongoing project intends to introduce and to evaluate the quality and usability of five most popular language learning social networks; Livemocha, italki, ChinesePod, MayHappyPlanet, and xLingo.
Rezaei, A.R. (2010). Using social networks for language learning. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2521-2526). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).