Social Networking Sites: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Implications, and Applicable Frameworks for L2 Teaching and Learning

Social Networking Sites: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Implications, and Applicable Frameworks for L2 Teaching and Learning

Osman Solmaz (Dicle University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5463-9.ch007

Abstract

The goal of the paper is to highlight the research examined within the context of social networking sites (SNSs), cross-cultural approaches, and relevant findings and implications for second language teaching and learning (L2TL). Furthermore, the study also investigates applicable frameworks across the academia that can be adapted by applied linguists and L2TL experts in SNS research. For this purpose, relevant findings from other fields of research and their potential implications for L2TL are presented along with applicable theoretical and methodological frameworks. It is pointed out that a number of studies from the fields can contribute to a better understanding of social networking technologies and their roles in language teaching and learning context. Therefore, it is recommended that L2TL experts investigating SNSs should familiarize themselves with SNS research across the academia and they carry out interdisciplinary projects by employing applicable theoretical and methodological frameworks.
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Introduction

Social Networking Sites (SNSs) and the way networks and relationships are formed, maintained and overall effects of these sites on both individual and societal level have been recognized by scholars from a rich variety of disciplines –ranging from sociology, communications, and psychology to marketing, public relations, education, and information technology (Zhang & Leung, 2014). Even though the wide variety of research asks up-to-date questions and aims to provide fresh perspectives, the diversity of the theoretical and methodological frameworks used in SNS research make it difficult to lay out a coherent analysis of the literature (Wilson, Gosling & Graham, 2012). However, since “such varied perspectives and approaches serve to enrich our work as language educators in general, and as computer-assisted language learning (CALL) researchers in particular” (Meskill & Quoh, 2013, p. 39), it is important for scholars of second language teaching and learning (L2TL) to develop familiarity with the research outside the field. For this purpose, the current paper aims to highlight the research examined within the context of SNS, cross-cultural approaches, and what the relevant findings and implications for L2TL are as well as applicable frameworks that can be adapted by applied linguists and L2TL researchers.

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