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  4. 4. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM4• Social Media consist of interactive forms ofmedia that allow users to interact with andpublish to each other, generally by means ofthe internet.4
  5. 5. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM5• Social Media Language Learning (SMLL)links interactive social media channels tolanguage learning.• This enables students to developcommunication and language skills.5
  6. 6. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM6• Social media provides the learner with thepossibility of participating in actual, real-time,relevant conversations taking place online,and practicing the target language with orwithout the help of an experienced teacher byhis or her side.6
  7. 7. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM7• The Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)method provided the basis for thedevelopment of the SMLL method, given bothemphasize the importance of teaching withina great scope of contexts with the objective ofdeveloping a functional knowledge of thelanguage.7
  8. 8. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM8• Perfect grammar and pronunciation are notessential to the process, rather setting thefocus on the communicative competence ofthe student and the ability to understand andmake him/herself understood.8
  9. 9. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM91. Importance of live and actual communication in thetarget language through interaction and updatedcontent comprehension and production based onSocial Media channels.2. Students’ personal experience and interests play adefining role in learning, enabling relevant usage oflanguage during and between classes with activeparticipation of teacher and virtual community.3. Fostering of social media communication skills at thesame time as the language learning is taking place, interms of editing, strategy, conceptualization, businessinsight, etc.9
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  11. 11. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM11• Web Logs or blogs are one of many forms ofsocial media.• A blog is an online platform that people canuse to express issues related to their lives anddifferent viewpoints they may have.11
  12. 12. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM12• Blogs can be used for language learning. Theability to comment on other peoples blogs aswell as have people post comments on yourown is key to blogging.• The development of a language is notnormally the primary goal of the person whois participating in a blog but a blog is a placethat can provide a foundation for reflecting onthe language that is being written within it.12
  13. 13. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM13• Blogs can increase a users languagecompetence as well “blogs are egalitarianlearning and teaching tools par excellence”.• When writing in a blog it is done to expressfeelings and to be creative but as a resultlanguage learning can be achieved.13
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  15. 15. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM15• Many MMO (massively multiplayer online) gamescross national and linguistic boundaries.• They often have built in chat functions andenable participants to chat with players from allover the world who speak various languages. Thiscan provide players with the opportunity to learna new language—at least at a basic level—so theycan participant more fully in the game with theother players.15
  16. 16. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM16• The social interaction these players engage inwhile playing the game helps with theirunderstanding of the grammar constructionsand conversational ways of the language theyare using.• Games transform the learning process from apassive task to one in which individualsengage actively in the experience of learningby focussing first on meaning.16
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  18. 18. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM18• Forms of social networking in electronic mediahave provided alternative contexts oflanguage development• Practices of English in the global spherearticulate with local practices of English inconstituting the identities and life trajectoriesof people.18
  19. 19. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM19• Online interests groups influence languagelearning.• Participating in Internet interest communities hasthe potential to propel language learners beyondthe confines of the institutional identity.Participation in these semiotically mediatedcommunities may help to strengthen theecological linkages between forms of languageuse and identity dispositions.19
  20. 20. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM20• A number of social networking sites helpindividuals engage in language learning andinterest.20
  21. 21. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM21• In the past few years, a series of languagelearning social networks have popped up, andthey make learning more fun, efficient,interactive and interesting than usual. Theaverage language student can now turn anarduous task like studying into somethingenjoyable by meeting and interacting with nativelanguage speakers from around the worldthrough these language education socialnetworks. Here are 7 truly impressive socialnetworks for you to use if you’re trying to learn anew language.21
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  23. 23. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM23• Livemocha is a social networking site in whichallows members to communicate and learnlanguage skills. According to the site, it hasapproximately 12 million registered membersfrom 196 countries around the globe. Over400,000 users visit the site daily.23
  24. 24. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM24• LiveMocha.com is a complete social network atits core. The site boasts over 6 million users andwas named as one of Time magazine’s top 50websites of 2010. In a Facebook like fashion, yourpersonal profile appears with your picture andyour friends list. You build your own profile andindicate which languages you want to learn andwhich languages you already know. Live chat isavailable with anyone that is online and peopleuse the chat to practice their language of choice.24
  25. 25. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM25• Earning points gives a huge incentive for learning as well.Users can earn Mocha points by being engaged in the siteand completing coursework. You can earn Teacher pointsby helping other members with submission reviews,flashcards, and translations. If you earn enough teacherpoints, you can also earn free coarse sessions. After 5minutes of being on this site, I already received a few chatrequests from Farsi, Hindi, Arabic, Swedish, and Spanishspeakers as well as requests to correct people’s Englishgrammar that they sent me in audio and written form. Ihave to say that it’s quite rewarding to do such a simpletask as correcting an English sentence and know that youhelped someone out.25
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  27. 27. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM27• Bussuu is a language community that functions like acool interactive game. It offers free interactive lessons,exams, text and video chat, writing exercises, readingcomprehension tests and many other features. Userscan write text in a foreign language such as Spanishand submit it to have a native Spanish speaker in thenetwork correct their writing. Most of the features onthe site are free though paid upgrades are available forfeatures like audio samples, PDFs and Podcasts. Busuumust be doing something very right since they wereselected as the Red Herring 100 European Winner of2010!27
  28. 28. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM28• Italki.com, pronounced I-talk-I, offers anenormous community of speakers of over 100languages from over 200 countries. You canconnect with new friends and language partnersthat speak the language you want to learn, find alanguage teacher, use the questions and answerssection, and access a variety of other features tolearn your desired language. In addition to beinga social network, there really is an impressivebody of resources to be found in this site.28
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  30. 30. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM30• Palabea offers community based languagelearning with virtual classrooms. Users can findfriends and interact with them by audio or videoconferencing, receive video and podcast lessonsby accredited institutions, record their ownlessons and upload videos to the site, and usetranslation tools powered by Babylon. The userinterface of this site resembles a fun game likeenvironment and offers very intuitive features forchatting and finding new friends.30
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  32. 32. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM32• Lang 8 offers language students the ability toconnect with native language speakers from 180different countries. Its focus is on writingcorrection wherein people can submit theirwriting to be corrected by other native languagespeakers and learn using this method. This isextremely helpful for people wanting to writeterm papers for school or companies needing totranslate their text in a reliable way.32
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  34. 34. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM34• This site is another social network that connectspeople for the purpose of learning a newlanguage. The site will match you up with aparticular language speaker that also wants tolearn the language that you speak and you canchat with each other to practice speaking ,writing, or ask questions. In addition, there aremany videos compiled in the videos section ofthe site and an active forum split up into differentlanguage categories.34
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  36. 36. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM36• My Happy Planet offers a great way to findnew friends across the globe to chat with.When I entered that I am an English speakerlooking to learn Spanish, the site respondedwith 39370 Spanish speaking members that Ican add as a friend or chat with. There arealso many video lessons to choose from andmany written lessons that other membershave posted. There seems to be a very activeand vibrant community here.36
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  39. 39. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM39• Facebook allows language barriers to be brokendown. According to the Social Networking inEducation Wiki Facebook allows users to choose a"primary display language" for theiraccount. Even though the Facebook user can viewinformation in his or her native language, theirfriends may write their profile information inanother language, so the user may have to relyon other methods in order to understand theinformation presented in their friends profiles.39
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  43. 43. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM43• If you’re thinking of learning a newlanguage Twitter is the perfect place to start. Itmight be an unusual concept, but it reallyshouldn’t be. There are loads of ways the world’smost popular micro blogging platform can helpyou master a new language, as this article willshow you.• There are loads of linguistic specialists to followon Twitter ranging from professional services toamateur language bloggers.43
  44. 44. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM44• Conversational writing• Connect students beyond class• Unique & practical communication44
  45. 45. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM45• Microblogging – blog posts the size ofan SMS message• Conversation tool• Web and mobile access• Frequent updates– What am I doing?– What am I thinking?45
  46. 46. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM46I. Following conversationsII. Folllowing peopleIII. Twittering in a communityIV. TwitteratureV. Twitter conversations in class46
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  51. 51. Technology & Language Learning, Dr. Abdel-Fattah Adel 7:51 PM51• To get started, search within YouTube for your language ofchoice. Sift through the vast pool of available tutorials.Once you weed out the less helpful ones, youll see thereare plenty of educational channels dedicated to specificlanguages. (Check out the gallery below for some of thebest channels and videos for language learning.)• The best practice for learning a language is to repeatpopular words and phrases. But make sure to repeat outloud, not in your head — its the only way to practicepronunciation and accent nuances. Most of the videos evenpause and wait for you to repeat the phrase. And you canalways rewind to work on troublesome words and phrases.51
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