Online Communication in a Second Language Social Interaction, Language Use, and Learning Japanese

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-10-05
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Online Communication in a Second Language examines the use of social computer mediated communication with speakers of Japanese via longitudinal case studies of up to four years. Through the analysis of over 2,000 instances of online communication, in addition to extensive interviews, the book explores opportunities for language acquisition and use in authentic online interaction.

Author Biography

Sarah E. Pasfield-Neofitou is a lecturer in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, where she teaches Japanese, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, and is the eEducation Coordinator. Her research interests include online communication, sociolinguistics, and elearning. Sarah has worked on projects involving language attitudes online, virtual worlds, online dictionaries, social networking, and the use of technology in teaching. Her previous publications include articles in Babel, CALL-EJ Online and Language Learning & Technology, among others, and she has authored several book chapters.Www.sarahpasfieldneofitou.com

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Learner Backgrounds and Online L2 Networks
3. Social Settings of Situated CMC Use
4. Features of CMC Use
5. Use of Contextual Resources and SLA Opportunities
6. Conclusion

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