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Social network sites and the ideal L2 self: Using Myspace in a Chinese EFL class

Abstract

Little work has yet explored the potential for the use of social network sites (SNSs) in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, but recent trends in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) research suggest that SNSs may be a powerful context for language learning by offering students access to online communities of practice and/ or imagined communities (as interpreted by Norton et al.). This paper reports on an exploratory study of how the use of an American based SNS in a Chinese EFL class affected student motivation. Results suggest that SNS may be particularly useful in fostering attitudes traditionally related to integrativeness through the creation of imagined communities when viewed through Dörnyei’s (2009) L2 Motivational Self System.

Citation

Kelley, J. A. (2010). Social network sites and the ideal L2 self: Using Myspace in a Chinese EFL class. The JALT CALL Journal, 6(1), 17-33.