Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning

Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning

Michael Thomas (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan)
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Release Date: January, 2009|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 636
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-190-2
ISBN13: 9781605661902|ISBN10: 1605661902|EISBN13: 9781605661919
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Description & Coverage

Over the last few years, second generation Internet-based services, or Web 2.0 technologies, have emerged as the new buzzwords in information communication technologies.

The Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning investigates how those involved in education – teachers, students, and administrators – can respond to the opportunities offered by Web 2.0 technology, within existing institutional and pedagogical frameworks. Containing nearly 30 chapters by experts from across the globe, this defining body of research is the first of its kind to focus on second language learning in relation to the history of computer assisted language learning.


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

  • Blogging in foreign language education
  • Communicative networking
  • Community formation in learning processes
  • Critical language learning
  • Digital Natives
  • Interactive whiteboards in the Web 2.0 classroom
  • Learner perceptions and the use of ICT
  • Learning Technologies
  • Mobile language learning
  • Mobile technology and podcasts
  • Network communities
  • Online readability
  • Output-oriented language learning
  • Pedagogical implications of Web 2.0
  • Personal Learning Environments
  • Second Language Learning
  • Social Networking Sites
  • Speech improvement with podcasts
  • Web log use in language education
Reviews and Testimonials

"This Handbook brings together in a single volume about Web 2.0 much of what I tried to accomplish in multiple books about Web 1.0, providing a valuable overview of research, theory, and practice related to the current iteration of educational technology. The Handbook will be of value to a wide range of teachers, administrators, policy makers, and researchers concerned with technology-enhanced learning and will contribute greatly to timely debates affecting language education around the world".

– Professor Mark Warschauer, Department of Education, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine, USA

This book defines key terms and is extensively referenced.

– Book News Inc.

This volume ... constitutes a massive injection of ideas on Web 2.0 and language learning but transcends this, provoking us to consider the broader implications of Web 2.0 and the society it is creating. ... the range of research and the depth of theoretical perspective in this volume make it indispensable reading for practitioners, teachers and researchers who use technology: and, in my view, should make it mandatory reading for those who do not.

– Dr. Freda Mishan, University of Limerick, Ireland

Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 is highly recommended to all educators, and especially those involved with second language learning, and Michael Thomas is to be congratulated for this excellent reference source to the subject literature.

– Ina Fourie, University of Pretoria, Online Information Review
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Editor/Author Biographies
Michael Thomas (PhD) is a professor in applied linguistics (special emphasis learning technologies) at Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (Japan). Previously, he taught second language learning at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). His research interests are in learning technologies, digital literacies, and the philosophy of language. He is author of The Reception of Derrida: Translation and Transformation (2006) and editor of the Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning (2009). He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Emerging Technologies & Society, the Asian Journal of EFL, and the Asian ESP Journal. He is also a reviewer for the British Journal of Educational Technology. Dr. Thomas is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE). His current research focuses on a new book entitled Interactive Whiteboards and Emerging Technologies with Euline Cutrim Schmid and Task-Based Language Teaching and Technology with Hayo Reinders.
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Editorial Review Board
  • Steve McCarty, Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan
  • Gary Motteram, The University of Manchester, UK
  • PingPing Zhu Lincoln, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan
  • Sophie Iannou-Georgiou, Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Cyprus
  • Michael Vallance, Future University - Hakodate, Japan
  • Michael Coghlan , ELT Consultant and Trainer, Australia
  • Hayo Reinders, Hawaii University at Manoa, USA
  • Euline Cutrim Schmid, University of Education Heidelberg, Germany
  • Pete Sharma, Oxford Brookes University, UK