the pieces of the puzzle that achieve internalized language learning in students (Blake,
2008). When the pieces fit, teachers are able to demonstrate to students the value of
learning a language.
Teachers cannot make students learn but can create a learning environment where
technology information and experience, this researcher seeks to identify the Web 2.0
technologies that might create the very environment about which Corder is speaking.
This study involves a thorough analysis of the impact of these Web 2.0 technologies on
student achievement. The hope is that students will consider their future, seek to
understand the communities of the world and contemplate ways of communicating in
Definition of Terms
The meaning of technology and linguistic terms varies across disciplines and
authorities. It is important that terms are clearly defined for this study.
Assimilation. Occurs when one ethnic or cultural group takes on the behavior,
values, and characteristics of another ethnic or cultural group while disgarding its own
cultural characteristics (Gollnick & Chinn, 2002).
Classroom Community Scale (CCS). A one-dimensional 20 item self-survey that
measures level of classroom community (Rovai, 2002).
Culture. Behaviors, values, languages, and beliefs that are shared by a group of
individuals. A culture can be large and include all individuals. Cultures can also be