Museum-based Language Learning with Location-aware Services

Asynchronous Brief Paper ID: 60822
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    Shiou-Wen Yeh
    Graduate Institute of TESOL, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
  2. Yi-Shan Liu
    Graduate Institute of TESOL, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Abstract: It is important for EFL (English as Foreign Language) students to be exposed to authentic practices and ubiquitous contexts to help them extend their learning to the real world. Among a variety of environments, museums are viewed as a significant location for authentic language learning, and location-based social networks can enable users to leave a record of their experiences after visiting museums. As a discourse analysis of museum-based Tips on the Foursquare platform, our research aims to explore the potential of museum-based, location-aware services that could function as ubiquitous and authentic resources for EFL learning. The museum visitors’ Tips on Foursquare were derived from three museums in English speaking countries. Three research questions were investigated regarding the functional purposes and rhetorical forms of the museum visitors’ Tips on Foursquare. Once 480 Tips were collected, Gee’s (2011) discourse framework and Oshima and Hogue’s (2007) rhetorical classifications were used to analyze the functional purposes and rhetorical forms. The results showed: (1) unique cultural activities were constructed by museum visitors on Foursquare. (2) Most Tips corresponded with the writing techniques defined by Oshima & Hogue (2007): narration, description, comparison and contrast, opinion, process, and definition. (3) The emojis consisted of typographic face marks and non-linguistic symbols. We will share the results in more details during the Edmedia 2022 conference.

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