Social Networking in Second Language Learning
Malerba, Maria Luisa (2011) Social Networking in Second Language Learning. pp. 1-6. In: Proceedings of the The PLE Conference 2011, 10th - 12th July 2011, Southampton, UK.
This study is broadened in the context of my PhD related to nowadays’ knowledge society in the era of the Internet and aims to investigate the most important potentialities of the communities in Social Network Sites (SNSs) as PLEs for second language (L2) learners. My research, in particular, attempts to raise awareness of some of the complex issues (learner autonomy, motivation, collaboration) surrounding learning taking place on SNS communities referring to the context of in informal L2 learning and reframing these communities as Personal Learning Environments (PLEs).From the analysis of my case studies it will be possible to obtain relevant data about the affordances, potentialities, constraints and actual use of SNS environments in order to generate a wide range of guidelines on how to take most advantage from these communities in the perspective of improving learners’ learning in these informal contexts. In addition, this research might give some contribution to some based-task activities in L2 learning taking place in formal settings.
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