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Sociocultural and Constructivist Opportunities for Social, Authentic and Community-Building Online Resources for ESL Writing
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, York University, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The proliferation of digital information in this technology age provokes the rethinking of English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. Technological advancements together with emergent theories of learning create opportunities for transformation in ESL pedagogy. Sociocultural theory and constructivist conventions invoke situated and authentic access to the growing corpus of online language and social computing websites in ESL teaching. Also, L2 writers benefit from access to online sociocultural and constructivist teaching approaches which incorporate articulation, reflection, scaffolding and a community of learners. Finally, emerging trends in ESL teaching strategies feature social online sites, internet tools, key pals, e-portfolios and digital storytelling. Advances in Web 2.0 social computing, online virtual worlds and emergent digital teaching resources afford practitioners innovative tools for transformation in ESL teaching methods.

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Wilton, L. (2010). Sociocultural and Constructivist Opportunities for Social, Authentic and Community-Building Online Resources for ESL Writing. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1425-1429). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 24, 2019 from .

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