ESL Students’ Perceptions of Using a Social Bookmarking Tool for the Development of Reading in a Second Language

  • Oksana Vorobel Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, United States
  • T. Voorhees Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, United States
  • Deniz Gokcora Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, United States

Abstract

Building on research on the development of reading and use of technology for language learning, this multiple-case study explored English as a second language (ESL) students’ perceptions of using a social bookmarking Web 2.0 tool for the development of reading from an ecological perspective. Five students in a community college ESL course in the northeastern part of the USA participated in the study. The data sources included interviews, observations, e-journals, and artifacts. Thorough within-case and cross-case analysis of data revealed a number of Diigo affordances which ESL students found beneficial for their development of reading, role of context and mode, participants’ collaborative stance, and various aspects of influence Diigo had on ESL students’ development of reading. The findings and discussion of the study highlight the role of social bookmarking tools in raising ESL students’ motivation and engagement in reading. The study offers suggestions for further research and implications for practice.

Author Biographies

Oksana Vorobel, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, United States

Oksana Vorobel is Associate Professor at BMCC, CUNY. Her research focuses on second language literacy and writing, use of technology in language learning and teaching, and distance education. She has published her work in such journals as System, CALICO Journal, Teachers College Record, Writing & Pedagogy, and TESOL Journal.

T. Voorhees, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, United States

T. Voorhees received his doctorate in Literacy and TESL at the University of Cincinnati. His research interests primarily focuses on CALL and the relationship between culture, identity, and literacy practice. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in the department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics at BMCC/CUNY in New York City.

Deniz Gokcora, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, United States

Deniz Gokcora has an M.A. in ESL and a Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education from the University of Minnesota.  She has worked as an ESL instructor, a faculty developer, and an assessment coordinator.  Her research interests are teacher education, literacy and assessment, technology and second language teaching. 

Published
2018-12-31
Section
Regular Articles