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• Share information.• User centered design.• Collaboration.
1.Learners have opportunities to interact.2.Learners interact in the target language with an authentic audience.3.Learners are involved in authentic tasks.4.Learners are exposed to and encouraged to produce varied and creative language.
5. Learners have sufficient time andfeedback.6. Learners are guided to attendmindfully to the learning process.7. Learners work in an atmospherewith an ideal stress/anxiety level.8. Learner autonomy is supported.
Blogs are web applications that display aseries of entries, with a time and date stampfor each entry. Early blogs were exclusive tothose who had the requisite HTML skills.However, from around 1999, a number offree and easy-to-use blogging applicationsappeared on the net.
Wiki (derived from the Hawaiian wikifor ‘fast) is online software forcreating simple websites whichsupport collaborative writing. Thestructure of wikis tends to be verysimple, with the focus being oncontent and collaboration ratherthan design.
Podcasting refers to a form of audio (or video)broadcasting on the internet for playback on mobiledevices (MP3 players, mobile phones, PDAs) or on PCs.Main Characteristics:1.ease of publication2.ease of subscription3.ease of use across multiple environments (MP3 player, mobile phone, PC, etc).
The popularity of social software, has led to a huge increase in thenumber of language-related social networking sites.Some examples are:1. Mixxer - Offers student or class exchange.2. xlingo - Uses Skype as the main form of communication.3. LiveMocha - Language-learning site with social-networking bolted on.4. Worldia - Social-networking site aimed at international users. Include a service to provide/receive language lessons.5. My Language Exchange - Offers voice and text chat, lesson plans.
Second Life is a online 3D virtual world. Usersassume an online identity - an "avatar" - torepresent themselves within the Second Lifecommunity. The avatar can walk, run and flyin the virtual world, and can alsocommunicate with other avatars using chatand instant messaging.
• Web 2.0 applications provide many opportunities for input, social interaction and collaboration with native speakers of the target language.• There is nothing more motivating than being able to use ones newly acquired language skills in an authentic environment.• Web 2.0 applications enables language teachers to integrate these tools very easily into the class setting.