Social media-based language learning: insights from research and practice

Lamy, Marie-Noëlle and Mangenot, François (2013). Social media-based language learning: insights from research and practice. In: Lamy, Marie-Noëlle and Zourou, Katerina eds. Social Networking for Language Education. New Language Learning and Teaching Environments. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 219–238.



This chapter brings a synoptic perspective to the volume and draws out questions that emerge from the work as being important for future research into online networking and language education. In the chapter the authors approach these first from a research perspective (types of research, themes explored and data collection issues) then from the perspective of design and pedagogy (mediation revisited, types of networking and community-building, forms of interaction and genres, and finally formal and informal learning). They critically examine how, while attending to the wider ecology of language learning with Social Networking Sites, the book’s contributors approached the particularities of pedagogies and practices as they influence learner interactions, along with concomitant learning benefits and challenges, pinpointing areas where further research is needed.

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