Foreign Language Learning using E-Communication Technologies in the Educational Sector

Author:Andreea-Maria Tirziu, Catalin Vrabie
Pages:581-586
SUMMARY

E-communication places new demands on language, leading to interesting variations in written language use. E-mail, chats, online discussions and SMS messages use a language marked by traits of both informal speech and formal writing, a host of text-based icons and acronyms for handling social interaction and modifications in spelling norms. Objectives: The purpose of this article is to provide a... (see full summary)

 
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Interdisciplinary Dimensions of Communication Science
581
Foreign Language Learning using E-Communication Technologies
in the Educational Sector
Andreea-Maria Tirziu1, Cătălin I. Vrabie2
Abstract: E-co mmunication places new demands on language, leading to interesting variations in written
language use. E-mail, chats, online discussions and SMS messages use a lan guage marked by trai ts of both
informal speech and formal writing, a host of text-based icons and acronyms for handling social interaction
and modifications in spelling norms. Objectives: The purpose of this article is to provide a framework on
individuals’ possibilities to learn a foreign language using e-communication technologies. Approach: It
shows the specialty literature th at focuses on e-learning, with priority to e-communication. Results: Proper
use o f new technologies allows a more systematic integration of language, content and culture, and gives
individuals unprecedented opportunities for autonomous learning. E-communication not only helps teachers
and students to exceed linguistic, geographical and time barriers, but also to build bridges between native and
foreign language programs. Implications: This research work is important for academics and students who
use online technologies to teach or learn another language. Value: In this paper, we have identified that the
use of new technologies consents learners to engage in forms of online communication, thus research
becoming vital for success in their academic and professional pursuits.
Keywords: e-communication; language learning; informational society; education; technology
1. Introduction
Language represents a tool which allows individuals to function in the society they live in, also
making available the means of relating to other cultures. Over the centuries, this was one of the main
reasons why people were stimulated to learn foreign languages. In the increasingly global environment
of nowadays, the need to know another language is vital in order to effectively function. Apart from
exposure to the language through studying the speciality literature and grammar practice, today
learners want this training to be more based on the usage of the foreign language in practical, realistic
situations.
E-communication refers to the communication realized by electronic means, especially over computer
networks. This type of communication has created the so-called “virtual space”. Increasing the speed
of giving and receiving information has categorically determined a change in the way information is
experienced and perceived. Each virtual component can be understood and assumed as separated and
interest worthy. Virtual space can be designed through the use of so many ways of access to
1 MA student, National University o f Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) Faculty of Public
Administration, Bucharest, Romania, telephone no: +40723.216.730, Corresponding author: tirziu.andreea@yahoo.com.
2 Lecturer, PhD., National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) Faculty of P ublic
Administration, Bucharest, Romania, telephone no: +40723.689.314, email address: cataloi@yahoo.com.

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