Cases on Communication Technology for Second Language Acquisition and Cultural Learning

Cases on Communication Technology for Second Language Acquisition and Cultural Learning

Joan E. Aitken (Park University, USA)
Release Date: August, 2013|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 611
ISBN13: 9781466644823|ISBN10: 1466644826|EISBN13: 9781466644830|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4482-3


For teachers of English, connecting with non-native students can pose significant problems, but communication technologies may offer a viable solution.

Cases on Communication Technology for Second Language Acquisition and Cultural Learning provides educators with valuable insight into methods and opportunities for using technology to teach students learning a foreign language. Theoretical and pragmatic cases illustrate teaching strategies and methodologies, hardware and software development, administrative concerns, and cross-cultural considerations with respect to effective educational technologies. Educators and students, as well as administrators and developers, will use this book to improve the effectiveness of second language curricula across a variety of intercultural perspectives.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Accent Reduction
  • Computer-Mediated Collaborative Learning
  • Cross-Cultural Business Communication
  • Cultural and Language Diversity
  • Electronic Learning Games
  • Global Learners
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language Translation
  • Social Networking
  • Vocabulary Development

Reviews and Testimonials

Scholars of communication and language instruction use a case study approach to merge ideas from the two fields by examining diverse perspectives of teaching communication, language, and culture. Short introductory articles offer ideas for teaching, and case studies cover teaching, using technology, and learning language and culture. The topics include using mobile applications in public speaking instruction, the use and acceptance of technology by pre-service teachers of English as a foreign language, producing pathways to proficient pronunciation with learner-designed pronunciation stations, laying the ground for online English as a second or foreign language, composition courses and university internationalization, and integrating Chinese community into Canadian society.

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Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Editorial Advisory Board
Table of Contents
Joan E. Aitken
Chapter 1
Steven D. Cohen
The digital communication journal assignment challenges students to write and respond to online posts that examine the connections between course... Sample PDF
The Digital Communication Journal: Building an Online COMMunity for Student Dialogue
Chapter 2
J. Jacob Jenkins, Patrick J. Dillon
This project uses the social networking site Facebook to explore notions of personal identity: Its conception, construction, and expression.... Sample PDF
Facebook, Identity, and Deception: Explorations of Online Identity Construction
Chapter 3
Matthew H. Barton, Kevin A. Stein
To help students: 1) learn to use mobile applications as the basis for speech topic selection; 2) identify new outlets for using technology to... Sample PDF
“Yeah, There’s an App for That”: Using Mobile Applications in Public Speaking Instruction
Chapter 4
Nicholas David Bowman
The authors suggest using out-of-class communication opportunities activities to enhance learning in a large lecture course. Specifically, students... Sample PDF
Six Points for Six Posts: Evidence for Using Facebook to Facilitate Learning in the Mass Lecture
Chapter 5
Mridula Mascarenhas
This chapter reports two case studies done in a teacher training university (SRTTU) in Iran to find the effects of two technology-based learning... Sample PDF
Wearing Different Listening Hats: A Classroom Activity for Demonstrating the Effect of Listening Attitudes
Chapter 6
Keith E. Dilbeck, Andrés Domínguez, Jon Dornaletexte Ruiz, Martin McMurrich, Mike Allen
This investigation compares 398 Spanish student and 481 Thai student perceptions of instructor credibility. The findings indicate a unidimensional... Sample PDF
Instructor Credibility: A Cross-Cultural Examination
Chapter 7
Silvia Giovanardi Byer
Web 2.0 technologies are changing the way we do things at home, in business, and of course, in teaching a world language. In addition to enhancing... Sample PDF
Web 2.0: The Influence of the Cloud in the 21st Century Classroom
Chapter 8
Ashley Drysdale
This case discusses an instructor’s experiences in teaching a basic online communication course in the community college context. Sample PDF
Effective Instruction within Online Educational Arenas: Implementing Multiple Instructional Strategies
Chapter 9
Mehrak Rahimi, Seyed Shahab Miri
This chapter reports two case studies done in a teacher training university to find the effects of two technology-based learning environments on... Sample PDF
Technology Use and Acceptance among Pre-Service Teachers of English as a Foreign Language: The Case of a Learning Management System and an Educational Blog
Chapter 10
Dinah A. Esquivel
This case analyzed what factors contribute to students’ satisfaction levels in online classes, and how the instructors’ nonverbal immediacy impacts... Sample PDF
Factors that Contribute to Students’ Course Satisfaction While Attending Online or Distance Learning Courses
Chapter 11
Yasemin Kırkgöz
In common with many countries, teacher education in Turkey has been facing a period of rapidly changing demands with respect to the use of... Sample PDF
The Use and Uptake of Information and Communication Technology: A Turkish Case of an Initial Teacher Education Department
Chapter 12
D. Joseph Cunningham
The following case examines the use of Web-based desktop conferencing as part of a university-level German for the Professions course, with a... Sample PDF
Teacher Competences in Telecollaboration: The Case of Web Conferencing and German for Professional Purposes
Chapter 13
Heather Lee Strafaccia
This case provides ideas about using video communication in communication and values it may have in distance relationships and implications for... Sample PDF
The Language of Video Intimacy: Marital Satisfaction Associated with the Use of Web Camera Communication in Long Distance Relationships
Chapter 14
James M. Perren
The chapter reports on a study examining learning stations designed by English as a second language students in order to improve pronunciation. This... Sample PDF
Producing Pathways to Proficient Pronunciation with Learner-Designed Pronunciation Stations
Chapter 15
Michael L. Whitley
Police officers frequently work with people of different cultures and those who speak different languages, thus needing to learn cultures (Navarro... Sample PDF
Using Technology to Examine Cultural Learning of African-Americans: Verbal and Nonverbal Messages of Deception
Chapter 16
Joan E. Aitken, Andrew D. Wolvin, Roy M. Berko
The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the use of technology in providing listening tests for the basic communication course. Because of... Sample PDF
Listening Tests: Pearson’s MyLab in Teaching Communication and Spanish
Chapter 17
Fatima E. Terrazas-Arellanes, Carolyn Knox, Carmen Rivas, Emily Walden
English Learners may struggle when learning science if their cultural and linguistic needs are unmet. The Collaborative Online Projects for English... Sample PDF
English Language Learners’ Online Science Learning: A Case Study
Chapter 18
Hongmei Wang, Hui Yuan, Shanshan Zhang
Since the turn of the 21st century, many Chinese higher institutions followed the trends of Web-based Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL) in... Sample PDF
Towards the Normalization of Web-Based Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in College English Instruction: Two Cases in China
Chapter 19
Estela Ene
As universities internationalize and U.S. and Chinese universities become partners, there is growing demand for online English language courses for... Sample PDF
Laying the Ground for Online English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) Composition Courses and University Internationalization: The Case of a U.S.-China Partnership
Chapter 20
Serafima Gettys
The following case study describes the effort of a small foreign language program at a medium-size private Mid-Western university in which... Sample PDF
Usage-Based Instruction: Enhancing Interpersonal Communication in Foreign Languages
Chapter 21
Ilknur Istıfcı
Nowadays the widespread use of information and communication technologies in every field, especially in education, brings forward the idea of use of... Sample PDF
Use of Facebook by Foreign Language Instructors
Chapter 22
Yuping Mao, Martin Guardado, Kevin R. Meyer
The use of podcasting technology in language learning presents a unique set of challenges and holds a great deal of promise for digital natives as... Sample PDF
Integrating Chinese Community into Canadian Society: Podcasts, Technology Apprehension, and Language Learning
Chapter 23
Giovanna Carloni
This chapter describes the online learning component of a blended model designed to promote Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) at the... Sample PDF
Content and Language Integrated Learning in Higher Education: A Technology-Enhanced Model
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Joan E. Aitken is Professor, Arts and Communication, Park University. She has a B.A. in Communication Theory from Michigan State University, an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.A. and Ed.D. in Communication and Administration from the University of Arkansas. She joined the Park faculty in 2005, after teaching at the University of Missouri, University of Louisiana, and University of Arkansas.

Aitken’s emphasis in scholarship has been computer-mediated communication and communication education. She has authored eight books, which include the following:

    • Interpersonal Concepts and Competences, by Berko, Aitken, and Wolvin. (2010). Rowman & Littlefield Press.
    • Cases on Online Discussion and Interaction, by Shedletsky and Aitken. (2010). IGI Global Press.
    • Human Communication on the Internet, by Shedletsky and Aitken. (2004). Boston: Allyn & Bacon/Longman.

Aitken has authored five instructor’s manuals (three in the second edition or later), provided Web development for four publishers, and published 50 articles and reports. Aitken was editor of the National Communication Association’s The Communication Teacher and served on the editorial board of NCA’s Communication Education. She has obtained $3.5 million in competitive grant funding, including $1.5 million as the primary grant writer and others as a collaborative team member. Aitken has worked internationally in Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China.