Second language learning by exchanging cultural contexts through the mobile group blog

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Abstract

Although much attention has been devoted to learning a second language in the authentic language environment, learners still have limited opportunities to stay there for a longer time. The internet has opened up a gateway for learners to a virtual foreign world while mobile technology is bringing more features from the real world. In this study we explored the use of a mobile group, recording and sharing learners’ real experiences in the target culture, and helping learners who are far away from the target language surroundings to enhance the understandings of ‘real’ language use in ‘real’ culture. Two studies were conducted separately with two different groups physically in the learners’ own country and the target language country. The contexts of the real culture have been delivered and discussed within these two groups. Results show a spontaneous shift from using native language to second language in the target culture and students’ learning motivation and language efficacy have been improved.

Keywords: mobile group blog, context transition, context socialising, second language learning.

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Shao, Yinjuan. (2011). Second language learning by exchanging cultural contexts through the mobile group blog. In Sylvie Thouësny, Linda Bradley (Eds), Second Language Teaching and Learning with Technology: Views of Emergent Researchers (pp. 143-168). Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2011.000010

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