Breaking down borders to multiliteracy

writing in a second language with technology

Authors

  • Catherine Caws

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/iallt.v38i2.8463

Abstract

In his book entitle Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to
Technology, Postman {1992) raised serious concerns regarding the
invading power of computer technology and rightly argued that we
should seriously consider "what other humans skills and traditions
are being lost by immersion in a computer culture, (122). Here I
would like to take an opposing point of view and consider the beneficial
power that computers may have in the particular case of
learning to write in a second language. My assumption is based on
my experience as an educator and as a parent, and my simple desire
to facilitate learning and cognition without abolishing traditional
educational methods, such as pen and paper in the case of writing.
In this article I will review recent research in CALL technologies for
L2 writing and discuss the opportunity of combining them with
concepts of multiliteracy as well as curriculum design.

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Published

2006-10-15

How to Cite

Caws, C. “Breaking down Borders to Multiliteracy: Writing in a Second Language With Technology”. IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies, vol. 38, no. 2, Oct. 2006, pp. 49-71, doi:10.17161/iallt.v38i2.8463.