English Language Presentation on the Internet and Its Impact on Second Language Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

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An international online language identity can be developed and established by peoples of different language origins, in spite of their diversified cultural, linguistic and social background. Obviously, such a new identity has its unique characters that are different from standard English. Study of the English language used on the internet is a relatively new area and currently much of the work points to those development areas of information and communications technology and what impacts the developments will have on the language itself, rather than how they will affect the learning of standard English; as well as academics’ roles in second language teaching challenged by the introduction of modern technologies. This paper will focus on investigation of these phenomena by determining the identities of this ‘new’ language, and by measuring attitudes and issues surrounding the English language used on the internet. Second language learners and academics in higher education from three different countries: United Kingdom, China and Thailand were examined for this work. All learners were students in Higher Education and studying their subjects in English. The identities of the English language used on the internet are to be identified, collected and analysed to show impact and effect on second language learning and to inform strategies and direction for second language teaching.


Keywords: English internet language identities;, Second language learning and teaching in higher education
Stream: Language, Linguistics , Teaching and Learning , Cyberspace, Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Julia Yi Wang

Research Assistant, Liverpool Business School
Faculty of Business and Law, Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

I have been a lecturer teaching English to English majors in Shanghai University, China, since 1999 until 2006, when I started my research work in Liverpool John Moores University. It was during my eight-year teaching experience that I found the students had gradually developed a common English language on the internet, which had a certain amount of identities that were different from the standard English, which was acknowledged by most of the users of Internet who were not native English speakers, and which started to appear in their coursework. I then thought that whether it would in some way affect the English language itself, affect the students' way of learning the language and affect academics' roles in teaching. It was from then on that I began to collect and analyse on the identities of the English language used on the internet.

Dr. Bob McClelland

Reader in Educational Technology, Faculty of Business and Law, Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Bob McClelland has worked in the UK Higher Education sector for 34 years. He is currently a Reader in Educational Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Initially a Chemist he has lectured in Analytical Science at undergraduate and postgraduate level. For amost nineteen years he has lectured in Business Statistics, Decision Making, Management and Research Methods to undergraduates, postgraduates, Doctoral students and professional courses in Business. He is Programme Manager of the Masters in Enterprise and Masters in Business Improvement, a Faculty Enterprise Champion and Head of the Centre for Market Research Technologies at Liverpool John Moores University. Bob’s research is based upon corporate learning, utilizing new and emerging technologies and evaluation of projects. He has written several textbooks and has published widely on Learning and Teaching technology issues in Business Education. He undertakes a range of consultancy activities for enterprises, local and national government (more recently in Health), and supervises more than twenty doctoral students in the UK and overseas. He is also a visiting Professor to an MBA/Doctoral programme in Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand.

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