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Publishing L2 learners' writing on sites with user-generated content: Analyzing the potential audience

Abstract

While research shows that language learners value blogging as a way to express themselves, experience suggests that few people other than classmates or spammers actually visit the blogs. This provides a relatively sheltered forum for the students, but it hardly gives the students a public voice on the web. On the other hand, having students publish on popular sites with user-generated content, such as Wikipedia or Tripadvisor.com, could provide students a true voice on the Internet. This action research study evaluates web users’ responses to students’ work on blogs, wikis, and user reviews. By analyzing the quantity and quality of the audience on each of the platforms, the paper aims to help instructors understand which is ideal for a particular learner group or learning objective.

Citation

Prichard, C. (2008). Publishing L2 learners' writing on sites with user-generated content: Analyzing the potential audience. The JALT CALL Journal, 4(1), 30-39.