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Internet-mediated Intercultural Foreign Language Education: Approaches, Pedagogy, and Research
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CALPER Working Paper No. 6 <br> This working paper focuses on the use of Internet information and communication tools to support intercultural dialogue, debate, collaborative research, and less structured social interaction between (typically) internationally dispersed groups of learners who are members of different linguistic and cultural groups.

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New Technologies and Additional Language Learning
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CALPER Working Paper No. 7 <br> This working paper is a review essay in which the author discusses a number of contexts and uses of technologies, generally Internet communication technologies, as they have been and are being used in second and foreign language education environments. Three primary areas of research and pedagogical innovation are addressed, 1) the use of synchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC), 2) Internet-mediated intercultural L2 education, and 3) additional language learning as a function of participation in Internet-supported communities such as online fora, fan sites, fan fiction sites, and online gaming.

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New Media Literacies, Online Gaming, and Language Education
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CALPER Working Paper No. 8 <br> This paper describes second and foreign language uses of Internet communication tools, web environments, and online gaming, and critically reviews existing research and emerging technologies representing diverse pedagogical conditions in two main areas: (1) interaction in ongoing Internet-mediated environments that include popular culture blogs and web sites, fan fiction communities, language and/or culture communities; and (2) multi-user online games, including a case study of multilingual communication within a gaming environment.

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