Volume 6, Issue 1 April 2010, pp. 17–33 Download PDF


Social network sites and the ideal L2 self: Using Myspace in a Chinese EFL class

James A. Kelley1

1 Tianjin University, PR CHINA jakelle@memphis.edu

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v6n1.89


Little work has yet explored the potential for the use of social network sites (SNSs) in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, but recent trends in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) research suggest that SNSs may be a powerful context for language learning by offering students access to online communities of practice and/ or imagined communities (as interpreted by Norton et al.). This paper reports on an exploratory study of how the use of an American based SNS in a Chinese EFL class affected student motivation. Results suggest that SNS may be particularly useful in fostering attitudes traditionally related to integrativeness through the creation of imagined communities when viewed through D_rnyei’s (2009) L2 Motivational Self System.


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Kelley, J.A. (2010). Social network sites and the ideal L2 self: Using Myspace in a Chinese EFL class. The JALT CALL Journal, 6(1), 17–33. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v6n1.89

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