Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 4. July 2018                               Pp.260 – 271
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call4.20

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Creating a Web-based Communicative Learning Environment through Interactive Blogs:
English Language Acquisition

  

Julius Irudayasamy
College of Arts and Applied Sciences
Department of Languages and Translation
Dhofar University, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman

Carmel Antonette Hankins
Foundation Program, English Language Unit
Dhofar University, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman

 Marco March
College of English Language and Linguistics
Department of Social Science
Cardiff University, UK

 

 

 

Abstract:
This study aims to assess the viability of blogging in the context of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as a productive web-based learning environment (WBLE). The blog sections of three English as a second language (ESL) websites were evaluated and Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) which appears in the comments sections of blog posts was examined through reference to excerpts of various comments. The analysis indicates that as a supplementary means of language education, both the blog content and the debate that hosts in its comments section are useful to language learners all over the world who have access to the internet. It may not facilitate certain areas of cognition that are maximized by Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), however it does expose readers to necessary information in an educational context and provide them with an outlet for spontaneous CMC (SCMC), allowing autonomous parsing of the target language (English).
Keywords: Autonomous learning, communication, interactive blogs, second language acquisition, target language

Cite as: Irudayasamy, J., Hankins, C. A., & March, M. (2018). Creating a Web-based Communicative Learning Environment through Interactive Blogs: English Language Acquisition. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (4) DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call4.20

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Julius Irudayasamy, being an Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages and
Translation, Dhofar University, teaches ESP courses at the undergraduate level. Apart from a
book chapter, he has presented papers at the International conferences and published a few
research papers. His field of research includes ELT and Computer Assisted Language Learning.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0043-172X