The use of synchronous and asynchronous technological tools for socio-constructivist language learning

Abstract

Language Learning has undergone significant changes in terms of its underlying theoretical
foundation and the practical implications of instructional techniques. Although the significant
contributions of behavioral and cognitive theorists cannot be overstated, the relatively new constructivist ideology seems to be particularly promising in this field. This paper will examine socio-constructivist theory as it relates to language learning and explore the recent technological advancements which learners and educators can exploit in a sociocultural way to improve the
efficiency and effectiveness of language acquisition. The benefits of using synchronous and
asynchronous tools, in particular, to facilitate language learning in social and collaborative ways will also be explained in a detailed discussion.

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