Learning language and culture via public internet discussion forums

Hanna, Barbara E. and De Nooy, Juliana Learning language and culture via public internet discussion forums. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. doi:10.1057/9780230235823

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Author Hanna, Barbara E.
De Nooy, Juliana
Title Learning language and culture via public internet discussion forums
Place of Publication New York
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication year 2009
Sub-type Research book (original research)
DOI 10.1057/9780230235823
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 0-230-56730-3
Language eng
Start page 1
End page 221
Total number of pages 221
Year available 2009
Subjects A1
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Abstract/Summary Public Internet discussion forums offer vast possibilities for interaction with speakers of other languages, with newspaper websites from many countries proposing forums on a smorgasbord of topics from travel to tertiary education to techno music. These sites provide opportunities both for authentic foreign language practise, and for developing intercultural competence. Currently, however, public forums are largely ignored by language educators in favour of purpose-built exchanges between learners. The authors investigate the uptapped pedagocical potential of these forums. Drawing on examples from English- and French-language media websites, they explore cultural differences in public forum discussion, and propose guidelines for participating effectively and maximising the learning opportunities. Case studies highlight the skills needed to venture beyond learner-to-learner interaction and engage with another culture autonomously, in roles rather than that of student. The emphasis on strategies for successful and culturally sensitive interaction in authentic contexts makes the book a valuable tool for teachers and learners of any language.
Keyword Language learning strategies
Public internet
Discussion forums
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