Social Networking Sites and Critical Language Learning

Social Networking Sites and Critical Language Learning

Andy Halvorsen (Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Japan)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch068
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Abstract

This chapter looks at the potential use of Social Networking Sites (SNSs) for educators and second language learners. It views SNSs broadly through the lens of Critical Language Learning (CLL) and looks at specific issues of identity formation, student empowerment, learner autonomy, and critical literacy as they relate to the use of SNSs. This chapter also reports the results of an initial project to make use of the MySpace social networking site for Japanese learners of English. It is hoped that this chapter will raise awareness of some of the complex issues surrounding the use of SNSs by language learners and that it will lead to further research and consideration of these issues.

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