Selecting CMC Systems for EFL Instruction: Can Standard Social Media Platforms Succeed?
Michael Marek, Wayne State College, United States ; Pin-hsiang Natalie Wu, Chien-kuo Technology University, Taiwan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This conceptual paper discusses the use of standard social media sites, such as Facebook, as Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) platforms for instruction of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The central question in this paper is to determine whether standard social media websites can serve as satisfactorily as custom-designed CMC packages from the perspective of Constructivism and contemporary theories about language learning motivation. The authors will present a case in favor of standard social media platforms as a satisfactory alternative to to custom-designed CMC platforms. The authors hope that this theory-based analysis helps to clarify criteria by which CMC platforms are evaluated, and informs teachers and academic programs about the viability of standard social media platforms, such as Facebook, as CMC tools for EFL instruction.
Marek, M. & Wu, P.h.N. (2012). Selecting CMC Systems for EFL Instruction: Can Standard Social Media Platforms Succeed?. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 967-972). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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