Language Learning through a Lens: The Case for Digital Storytelling in the Second Language Classroom

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School Libraries Worldwide


The art of storytelling is still a crucial component in many school library programs. By tapping into this expansive tradition and integrating web 2.0 digital story technologies, librarians are able to collaborate with English as a Second Language Teachers in order to design student-centered digital story projects. This transformative use of technology within the framework of social constructionism motivates language students to focus on the contextual use of language rather than basic vocabulary development. The case for digital storytelling is built on an intersection of secondary language acquisition theory, language learning pedagogical understanding and instructional strategies.