Language Learning through Social Networks: Perceptions and Reality

Reading Time: 6 minutesLanguage Learning Social Network Sites (LLSNS) combine tutorial software and opportunities to interact with others in order to improve one’s foreign language competence. However, details on how learners use these platforms and what they learn from them are rarely found in the research literature. This survey study by Chin-Hsi, Warschauer and Blake (2016) investigated learners’ attitudes towards, usage of, and progress made on Livemocha, a popular LLSNS. The results show the potential of these sites for language learning, but also some key questions that need to be answered before LLSNS-use can bring about real success.

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An Updated Take on the Ethical Treatment of L2 writers

Reading Time: 4 minutesBenefitting from 20 years of development in the fields of L2 writing and Writing Program Administration (WPA), Tardy and Whittig provide a timely update to Silva’s ethical imperative that moves beyond mere classroom concerns to how L2 writers are positioned by dominant discourses in the institution and how L2 writing specialists must be prepared to serve as an advocate for these students.

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