Educational Technology

January 22, 2011

Web 2.0 Tools for Collaborating in Language Education

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by Hao Jiang, IEEE Learning Technology

There is growing interest in applying a socio-constructivist approach in language education. Masaki Kobayashi conducted a study that examined language socialization theory. Kobayashi cites Bernard Mohan, stating that language socialisation “is a major source for learning about and expressing what one must say, know, value, and do in order to participate in sociocultural situations of society (Mohan, 1987, cited by Kobayashi). Simina and Hamel state that when integrating a learner-centered, socio-constructivist approach within a Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) environment, the potential for successful acquisition of the target language is maximized (Simina, Hamel, 2005). This article attempts to demonstrate a collaborative approach combined with web 2.0 tools can greatly aid target language acquisition among learners.

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