• Designing talk in social networks: What Facebook teaches about conversation

      Warner, Chantelle; Chen, Hsin-I; Univ Arizona, German Studies & Language Acquisit & Teaching 2 (UNIV HAWAII, NATL FOREIGN LANGUAGE RESOURCE CENTER, 2017-06)
      The easy accessibility, ubiquity, and plurilingualism of popular SNSs such as Facebook have inspired many scholars and practitioners of second language teaching and learning to integrate networked forms of communication into educational contexts such as language classrooms and study abroad programs (e.g., Blattner & Fiori, 2011; Lamy & Zourou, 2013; Mills, 2011; Reinhardt & Ryu, 2013; Reinhardt & Zander, 2011). At the same time, the complex and dynamic patterns of interaction that emerge in these spaces quickly push back upon standard ways of describing conversational genres and communicative competence (Kern, 2014; Lotherington & Ronda, 2014). Drawing from an ecological interactional analysis (Goffman, 1964, 1981a, 1981b, 1986; Kramsch & Whiteside, 2008) of the Facebook communications of three German-speaking academics whose social and professional lives are largely led in English, the authors consider the kinds of symbolic maneuvers required to participate in the translingual conversational flows of SNS-mediated communication. Based on this analysis, this article argues that texts generated through SNS-mediated communication can provide classroom opportunities for critical, stylistically sensitive reflection on the nature of talk in line with multiliteracies approaches.
    • Exploring multimedia, mobile learning, and place-based learning in linguacultural education

      Culture, as the fifth language skill, enables learners to develop into multilingually and multiculturally aware global citizens. The traditional Chinese architecture is as old as Chinese civilization. The wisdom, stories, and cultural elements behind traditional Chinese construction is a valued aspect of Chinese culture. This article introduces a LiveCode based mobile application featuring a virtual tour of two traditional Chinese architecture sites Nan Yuan and Humble Administrator's Garden. The application is designed by the author for advanced Chinese learners for an immersive linguacultural learning experience. Built-in tools, rollover hints, authentic multimedia resources and useful links of the application effectively integrate culture with language learning. Pedagogical applications, pilot outcomes, implications, and future directions of mobile learning and place-based learning in Chinese linguacultural education are also addressed in this paper.