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Liminality and Disinhibition in Online Language Learning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
2011 (English)In: International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, ISSN 1492-3831, Vol. 12, no 5, 25-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to bring theoretical concepts from other areas of scholarly research to bear on synchronous online education in a cross-disciplinary effort to shed light on what is going on by introducing systems of thought from other areas. The liminality and associated communitas which are found in synchronous online learning environments are examined for their possible consequences for learning in general and language learning in particular. Like computer-mediated communication, liminality has been associated with disinhibitory effects. Lack of excessive inhibition has been shown to have positive effects on second language production. The position of the online learner as “neither here nor there” or perhaps simultaneously both here and there is investigated and discussed. 

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Edmonton, Canada: Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research , 2011. Vol. 12, no 5, 25-37 p.
Keyword [en]
Distance universities; higher education; e-learning; CMC; liminality; disinhibition; language learning; online learning; computer-mediated communication
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Specific Languages Pedagogy Other Computer and Information Science
Research subject
Education in Languages and Language Development; IT and learning; människa-dator-interaktion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-59503ISI: 000297792100004OAI: diva2:428639
Available from: 2011-06-30 Created: 2011-06-30 Last updated: 2012-01-29Bibliographically approved

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