Learning Languages On-Line: Interpersonal Dynamics and Humorous Language Play

By Olga Sanchez-Castro.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Several studies have stressed the importance of interactive participation for Second Language Acquisition. Language learning does not occur in isolation. It is linked to emotional and social phenomena, and interpersonal relations enhance learning when learners are engaged in supportive social interaction. At the same time, language is a tool in the socialisation process; through language use, learners construct not only linguistic but also cultural practices, creating their own identity within the culture of the classroom.

The study reported in this paper is part of a wider investigation exploring the relationship between social interactions, learners’ affective variables and the development of communicative competence in the context of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC). The study documents the nature of university students’ second language play in CMC, and also explores the role of learners’ interpersonal dynamics, focusing on the use of humour in language play as a means of creating and reinforcing classroom communities.

Keywords: Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC), Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Interpersonal Dynamics, Humour, Language Play

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp.107-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.924MB).

Dr. Olga Sanchez-Castro

Lecturer, School of Humanities, Department of Languages, Spanish, Flinders University, Australia

Lic. Social Anthropology and Sociology (University of Seville), Dip Ed (Adelaide University)and M Ed (Univeristy of South Australia). Research interests are in second language acquisition, with a focus on the use of computers to enhance teaching and learning and the effect of affective variables in second language learning. Foreign language discourse analysis and translation theory and practice.

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