“What Up” and “TQM”: English Learners Writing on Facebook to Acquire English and Express Their Latina/o Identities

“What Up” and “TQM”: English Learners Writing on Facebook to Acquire English and Express Their Latina/o Identities

Mary Amanda Stewart (Texas Woman’s University, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4341-3.ch019
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Abstract

Previous scholarship demonstrates that immigrant students are using digital technologies for unique purposes in their out-of-school writing. This study explores the writing on Facebook of four Latina/o immigrant youth who are English Learners. The findings show that the participants write on Facebook to further their English acquisition and express their Latina/o identities in ways not accessible to them in school. Their purposes for writing demonstrate there is much academic potential in leveraging social networking for in-school writing instruction for immigrant students.
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Theoretical Framework And Literature Review

The scholarship employed to frame this study draws from out-of-school writing influenced by the New Literacy Studies, research of digital writing by immigrant youth, and studies that illustrate social networking sites used for educational purposes.

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