Students’ Out-of-class Web 2.0 Practices in Foreign Language Learning

Natalya Kuznetsova, Kamal Ahmed Soomro

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The scholarship on foreign language (FL) learning and teaching shows various ways Web 2.0 technologies are used to promote and ease communication and gives access to and cultural exchange of information, which are the main purposes of language learning. Despite prolific examination of strategies and impact of Web 2.0 to enhance language learning, researchers have not yet sufficiently examined technology practices initiated by students themselves to support their FL experiences and the awareness of this use. The present study reports on the findings of an exploratory survey research project that investigated university students’ activities to use Web 2.0 sites to support their FL learning and awareness of those practices. Moreover, the study attempts to analyze students’ reported actions through the framework of 5 Cs (communication, comparison, communities, cultures, connections) of ACTFL (American Council of Teaching on Foreign Languages). The data collected from 137 FL students revealed that students are moderately engaged with Web 2.0 technologies in their FL learning practices and use such tools primarily for comparing the foreign language and culture to the native language and culture in different mediums. “Video sharing” and “Social Networking” were reported as favorite tools to use supporting students’ foreign language learning experience.


Keywords: ACTFL standards, foreign language learning, social media, Web 2.0


Keywords


Web 2.0, social media, language learning, ACTFL standards

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