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Reviews on and applications of using Web 2.0 tools including Social Media sites for teaching and learning languages.
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Skype learn, Learn languages using skype, Teach languages using Skype, Impara inglese con skype, Nauc se anglicky a italsky pres skype, Learn italian using skype, Impara inglese con skype, teach la...

Skype learn, Learn languages using skype, Teach languages using Skype, Impara inglese con skype, Nauc se anglicky a italsky pres skype, Learn italian using skype, Impara inglese con skype, teach la... | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
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Review of italki: Find native teachers and free language exchanges to learn a language via Skype - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips

Review of italki: Find native teachers and free language exchanges to learn a language via Skype - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Today I’m ready to share one of my favourite discoveries of this year for learning a language; italki. I’ve reviewed several websites in the past, such as LingQ, Livemocha & Busuu, DuoLingo, and paid courses such as Rosetta Stone.
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This blog post written by polyglot Benny Lewis, gives an extensive review of the Italki website. Although this is a paid resource, it offers language learners opportunities to connect with others worldwide, for the purpose of speaking practice. Italki covers a wide range of languages and provides opportunities for social connections between its users. There are three options for the learner to choose from: language lessons, speaking practice and language exchange. The language lesson plans/themes can be catered to the needs of the learner. The speaking practice option is given by a native speaker of the target language who can offer some cultural context to the learner. In the language exchange option, the learner can offer to teach someone his/her own language in exchange for support in the target language. You can view Benny Lewis's inspirational TED Talk on language learning here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZqUeWshwMs&

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The pros and cons of social media classrooms | ZDNet

The pros and cons of social media classrooms | ZDNet | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
How social media platforms can be used as a learning tool - and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are.
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Web 2.0 teaching tools to enhance education and learning — Edjudo

Web 2.0 teaching tools to enhance education and learning — Edjudo | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
A comprehensive list of the best web 2.0 tools and links, sorted via category, for teaching and learning with technology.
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There are many Web 2.0 tools that teachers can access and use in teaching different aspects of language.  There are specific tools that cover the necessary language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.  The apps are categorized by themes and include 3D projects, comic creation, audio editing, blogging, online collaboration and word clouds. The variety of available tools can allow the teacher to customize or differentiate the content being taught to suit the needs of the students in his/her class. Many of these tools can be applied to different languages and used with different age groups.  

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Twitter and Microblogging for Language Learning – a guide for teachers - AvatarLanguages.com

How to use Twitter in Language Lessons – AvatarLanguages.com
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A comprehensive guide for using Twitter in the langauge classroom.  Suggested uses include: following conversations, correcting grammar and spelling of tweets, communicating with others, summarizing reading texts into tweets and online collaboration with others.  The page provides other relevant links on the use of Twitter in education. Although it is not specified in this resource, it is important to mention that certain uses of Twitter may only benefit secondary and higher-ed learning environments. If this tool is used with the teacher's own Twitter account, students may still benefit from its usage in the classroom. Activities such as grammar correction of Tweets, or twitter status summaries of ideas convered in class can prove to be a great learning opportunity for the students.  

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On the attractiveness of social media for language learning: a look at the state of the art

This paper sets the stage for the articles selected for the special issue "Language learning and social media: (r)evolution?".
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This journal article by Katerina Zourou of the University of Luxemburg, explores some of the research behind using social media as a tool in education.  The author sets out to define relevant terminology within the realm of web 2.0 and social media and by doing so illustrates the challenge in evaluating social media tools and determining whether or not they are suitable for language learning.   This is an interesting approach to the topic, although I did not find it helpful in suggesting useful or practical applications for the classroom or teaching practice in general. 

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Social networking for language learners: Creating meaningful output with Web 2.0 tools | Chartrand | Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)

Social networking for language learners: Creating meaningful output with Web 2.0 tools | Chartrand | Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL) | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Social networking for language learners: Creating meaningful output with Web 2.0 tools
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This journal article written by Robert Chartrand of Kurume University in Japan, offers a look into social media tools as venues for providing language learners with authentic learning experiences.   If the tools are used effectively by the teacher, they have the potential of increasing language output from the learner.  Chartrand adresses some of the issues that may arise with the usage of social networking in the classroom and stresses the importance of handling these issues before using the tool in class.  The benefit to using some of these SNS's is that they are able to provide the teacher with reading, writing, speaking and listening resources that were not accessible before.  The section on podcasting is quite helpful in that it provides links for downloading pre-recorded podcasts as well as gives teachers tips on how to develop their own podcasts.  

 

A lot of interesting language podcasts can be accessed here:

http://www.languagepod101.com 

 

 

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Web 2.0 Technology Meets Mobile Assisted Language Learning | IALLT

Web 2.0 Technology Meets Mobile Assisted Language Learning | IALLT | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
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The focus of this journal article is on implementation of Mobile Assisted Language Learning and Web 2.0 for second language teaching in higher education settings. Language learning through a mobile device can prove to be beneficial particularly as a result of accessibility to devices by higher ed students. Using the devices provides authentic learning opportunities and can lead to increased student engagement. The paper also includes a section on Pedagogical Recommendations which can be a useful resource for teachers to use. One of the tools that I found interesting is the use of Google Map in creating student personal maps. Students can create their own map, with photo, video and audio attachments. This makes the task more meaningful and students are likely to learn necessary vocabulary needed to present their map to the class. I think it is worth mentioning Glogster here as it is an online tool that can be used for vocabulary building as well. Glogster is a social network that allows users to create interactive posters on a topic of their choice. The link to the Glogster website is http://www.glogster.com
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eTools for Language Teachers: How to use Social Media in the Foreign Language Class: A Primer

eTools for Language Teachers: How to use Social Media in the Foreign Language Class: A Primer | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
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For any teacher new to social media or technology integration in the classroom, this primer, put together by Sylvia Duckworth is a wonderful repository of useful guides and links. Sylvia is an elementary school French teacher so many of the applications presented in this primer are geared towards elementary aged second language learners. The e-tools presented here cover all aspects of language learning and can be used for teaching and learning any language. In addition to this, there is a section of French e-resources and downloadable files that teachers can use. Sylvia provides tips for usage in the classroom.
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Social Media and Language Learning: Why Classrooms Move Online - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Social Media and Language Learning: Why Classrooms Move Online - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Social media has particularly influenced development of online language learning, enabling students to easily connect and communicate with people across the globe.
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Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) Applications

Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) Applications | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it

A set of links to apps for Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL), compiled by Claire Bradin.


Via Graham Davies
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This site contains links to apps for mobile devices that can be used by language learners and teachers.  Many of the mobile apps listed here have a web version as well and can be used to enhance different language skills even if tablet or mobile devices are not available.  Twitter, Facebook and Skype are all social networking apps that language learners can use to practice their written an oral language.  These can be applied to any new language being learned.  Students who have access to these devices (either personal or at school) are able to use the tools independently to supplement the learning in the classroom.  Lack of access to the devices may be a disadvantage to the students unless some of the video conferencing sessions are coordinated by the teacher for the entire class. 

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How To Use Twitter To Learn A New Language - Edudemic

How To Use Twitter To Learn A New Language - Edudemic | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
If you're thinking of learning a new language Twitter is the perfect place to start. It might be an unusual concept, but it really shouldn't be.
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The author of this blog post offers an introduction to practical ways Twitter can be used to learn a new language.  Tips include: following linguistic specialists, connecting with others to practice language and use the 140 characters to create your own Tweets about a particular topic.  As many secondary and post secondary students already use Twitter for personal reasons, this has great potential in motivating them to learn a  new language and create authentic learning opportunites for them.  

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Powerful Tools for Learning a Language

Powerful Tools for Learning a Language | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Mastering a foreign language can be difficult, but several apps ease the task.
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This New York Times review article by Kit Eaton, provides an overview of three popular language learning apps. Mr. Eaton is the New York Time's App Smart columnist, who reviews mobile apps for different devices. In this review, he examines how each of the apps can be used by language learners to improve their spoken and written language.  One app in particular can be beneficial in building vocabulary in a target language.   Babbel is a vocabulary app that can be used in 11 different languages.  Words and phrases are organized by themes and include graphic images and relevant audio sounds of the word in question.   Media coverage of learning tools can be beneficial in helping teachers and students use tools that are widespread and popular particularly if they have been reviewed.  

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35 Ways of Using Word Clouds in Language Teaching

35 Ways of Using Word Clouds in Language Teaching | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it

I posted this originally on my own blog here:
http://www.teachergreg.com/1/post/2013/05/35-ways-of-using-word-clouds-in-language-learning.html

There are many…

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Word clouds (or tag clouds) are online tools for creating visual representation of words or groups of words.  Primarily used in identifying frequency of words, their usage in the classroom has expanded.  This can be used as a teaching and learning tool in any language class.  Activities range from classifying words in a word cloud into parts of speech, using word clouds as discussion starters as well as brainstorming vocabulary for a specific theme.  I'm curious about word cloud generators that could work with non-latin alphabets (i.e. character- based alphabet) as there doesn't seem to be any.  

 

Here are some word cloud generating websites: http://www.edudemic.com/9-word-cloud-generators-that-arent-wordle/ 

 

Here is another link to some great ideas on using word clouds in the classroom http://efl-resource.com/language-activities-with-wordle-and-word-clouds-2/ 

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Teaching and Learning with Social Networks: Advantages and Disadvantages

Teaching and Learning with Social Networks: Advantages and Disadvantages | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
The addition of the learning network augments the learning community rather than provides an alternative to it, resulting in the overall enhancement of the learning environment
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Jose Picardo offers us a different perspective on using social networking as a teaching and learning tool in the language class. Picardo presents some of the disadvantages that teachers may face with usage of social networks with teaching and learning and quotes some relevant sources that back up these claims. The main argument presented is that when teachers use commercial social networks as replacements for other interactions occurring in the classroom, this could be detrimental to the learning. There is more often misuse and abuse of the forums and without properly educating the students on how to use the forums, not much learning will take place. As educators, it is essential to consider both sides of the coin when analyzing these learning environments as the challenges that have been presented may arise during actual implementation in the classroom. Being critical of any new approach, technique or tool will help educators make informed decisions and apply these in the classroom.
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Collaboration through Wiki and Paper Compositions in Foreign Language Classes | IALLT

Collaboration through Wiki and Paper Compositions in Foreign Language Classes | IALLT | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
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A research paper published on the IALLT (International Association for Language-Learning Technology) site on using wikis as a collaborative tool to assist in writing a paper in a university level Spanish class.  The purpose of the research was to determine students' attitudes in using the wiki (as opposed to the pen and paper method) for collaborative writing assignments.  This includes the perceived advantages and disadvantages of this method. The results of the study indicated that students enjoyed working collaboratively on a wiki because it allowed them to see the progression of their work, they could avoid duplication and therefore use their time more productively, and increased their motivation and accountability for the content they were contributing.  Some of the disadvatages reported by the students included technical difficulty within the wiki forum as well as lack of face-to-face collaboration with classmates.  

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HOW TO: Learn and Practice Languages Using Social Media

HOW TO: Learn and Practice Languages Using Social Media | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Laura I. Gómez is an online media executive and former college language instructor. You can follow her on latinageek.com and on Twitter@lauraigomez.
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Practical Guide to using social media for language learning.  These include building a community through free language learning sites that have options to chat with native speakers, incorporating video and interactive technologies for language practice, Twitter accounts worth following for language learners, and blogging for written languge practice.  Video conferencing with native speakers is a powerful tool for language learning as this provides opportunities for authentic conversations rather than written and oral practice in class.  Students in secondary or higher ed settings can pair up with a student in another class, or the class can conduct the activity as a whole.  The teacher may be able to set up the connections or direct the students to online environments suitable for this purpose.  

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pearltrees • Language learning social networks

pearltrees • Language learning social networks | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
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This is a content curated page created with the Pearltrees Content Curation Tool.  This would have been an interesting curating site to explore as it lays out the collection of resources in a graphic-organizer-like way which can make it easier for the reader to visualize the connection between the curated information.  Here is a link to other popular content curation sites that may be worth checking out.  http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/15_topnotch_content_curation_tools_15378.aspx 

 

The topic of this particular curated page is Language Learning Through Social Networks.  The pages gathered here offer practical advice for using some popular social networks such as: Google +, Live Mocha, Ning, as well as other free online tools.  An interesting item that is linked here is titled "6 Top Factors that Influence Second Language Acquisition".  http://www.creativityandlanguages.com/2010/12/factors-that-influence-second-language-acquisition/ ; Perhaps by utilizing social networks in the language class, it is possible to address these factors.  

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Social Networking in Second Language Learning - Web Science Repository

Social Networking in Second Language Learning - Web Science Repository | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
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Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning: What Does The Research Tell Us? | Wang | CALICO Journal

Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning: What Does The Research Tell Us?
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A report on the theoretical perspectives on the use of Web 2.0 emerging technologies in second language learning including benefits and limitations. The results from several research studies indicated that the benefits of using Web 2.0 technologies included increased student confidence, facilitation of collaboration and communication between members of the class as well as an overall improvement in student writing skills.  Students enjoyed using wikis and blogs to practice and improve their writing.  Pitfalls educators should be aware of are: student's hesitation in using public spaces to express thoughts and ideas, as well as student focus on thematic writing as opposed to grammatical usage of the language.  It is benefical to examine this paper closely as it outlines some very important considerations.  

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Learning a Language with Web 2.0: Exploring the Use of Social Networking Features of Foreign Language Learning Websites | Stevenson | CALICO Journal

Learning a Language with Web 2.0: Exploring the Use of Social Networking Features of Foreign Language Learning Websites
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Using social media as a language learning tool

Using social media as a language learning tool | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Children now turn to social media by default. This makes it a great - albeit currently underused - tool for language teaching, says Ryan Owen Gibson
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Student engagement in any class including a second or foreign language class, is key to the success of the student.  Using social media as a tool can definitely prove to be beneficial, but it is the type of the activity it is used for, that matters.  Immersing students in the content, and in this case the target language, can help them relate to it in a meaninful way.  Providing students with authentic opportunities to share their work, as well as their ideas on social media forums can be instrumental to their learning the language.  An example of this can be to ask students to record a video of their hobbies and describe the hobbies in target langugage.  Student videos can then be posted on the class YouTube Channel.  

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Web 2.0 Tools for Languages: RESOURCES

Web 2.0 Tools for Languages: RESOURCES | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
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This is the first resource site I have come across that provides videos showing how the tool is used in the classroom.  For teachers, this is an important element in trying out anything new in the classroom.  It is not always easy to read about an idea without being able to visualize how practical it can be (or not be) in your classroom.  Although the written description for each tool is brief, the accompanying video does a good job of demonstrating its usage in the classroom.   The videos provide examples for: avatar usage,  podcasts, wikis, virtual worlds, blogs , social media and voice threads.  

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7 Social Networks Designed to Help You Learn A New Language - SocialTimes

7 Social Networks Designed to Help You Learn A New Language - SocialTimes | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
In the past few years, there has been an emergence of social networks for learning languages that is making learning more fun, efficient, and interesting than usual.
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Many students today use a variety of social networks for personal communication.  Providing them with opportunities to use these as tools for learning, may be beneficial in creating authentic and meaningful learning experiences.  The social networks listed here are all user friendly and can be used by teachers and students in second language learning and teaching.   Here are some highights.  With Live Mocha, a large online learning community, users can create profiles and connect with other users in language exchanges.  It covers multiple languages and users can accumulate points by completing tasks or helping other users.  The learning components in Busuu are all interactive - quizzes, video chat as well as reading and writing exercises.  

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Using Social Media To Learn Languages

Using Social Media To Learn Languages | Web 2.0 Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Probably one of the most overlooked ways to help supplement your language learning is: Social Media. There is a very simple thing to do: Go to either the top or bottom  of the page and look for "la...
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This blog post written by Koko the Polyglot, gives a brief synopsis of some common social media tools and how they can be used in the language classroom.  He provides simple and practical classroom applications of using Social Networking Sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google + for language learning.  Some suggestions for using Facebook include: writing status updates in the target language, making connections with users who speak the target language as well as setting up video or on screen chatting with native speakers of the target language.  These tips are more suitable for either secondary or post secondary langauge learners who are can independently use the tool in question to supplement their learning.  In a classroom with younger learners, these may not be applicable without teacher supervision.  

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