Collaborative Spaces on the Web and Language Teaching: Blogs and Wikis

Lunyal, Vandana (2012) Collaborative Spaces on the Web and Language Teaching: Blogs and Wikis. Language and Language Teaching, 1 (11). pp. 46-54. ISSN 2277-307X

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This paper investigates how web-based technology is used with particular reference to collaborative spaces on the Internet, for teaching English language in the context of second language learners. After an initial overview of how web-based resources work favourably for ESL learners and teachers, the paper describes the role of collaborative spaces, particularly the blogs and the wikis, in teaching English in non-native contexts. The paper also provides samples of blogs, wikis and some activities that a teacher may use. The paper concludes with an optimistic note on the possibility of creative use of web-based applications in the English language classrooms in India. However, this can be done only if certain positive steps are taken to train teachers in using these applications and also to integrate technology in the curriculum.Also, there is no reason to believe that what works for English would not also work for other languages

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Lunyal, Vandana
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Language, Reading and writing, Language teaching, Language learning
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
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Note: Published twice a year in January and July, Language and Language Teaching (LLT) reaches out to language teachers, researchers and teacher educators on issues and practices relevant to language teaching. The primary focus of the publication is language pedagogy in elementary schools. LLT proposes to establish a dialogue between theory and practice so that practice contributes to theory as much as theory informs practice. The purpose is to make new ideas and insights from research on language and its pedagogy accessible to practitioners while at the same time inform theorists about the constraints of implementation of new ideas.
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