Breaking down borders to multiliteracy

writing in a second language with technology


  • Catherine Caws



In his book entitle Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to
Technology, Postman {1992) raised serious concerns regarding the
invading power of computer technology and rightly argued that we
should seriously consider "what other humans skills and traditions
are being lost by immersion in a computer culture, (122). Here I
would like to take an opposing point of view and consider the beneficial
power that computers may have in the particular case of
learning to write in a second language. My assumption is based on
my experience as an educator and as a parent, and my simple desire
to facilitate learning and cognition without abolishing traditional
educational methods, such as pen and paper in the case of writing.
In this article I will review recent research in CALL technologies for
L2 writing and discuss the opportunity of combining them with
concepts of multiliteracy as well as curriculum design.




How to Cite

Caws, Catherine. “Breaking down Borders to Multiliteracy: Writing in a Second Language With Technology”. IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies, vol. 38, no. 2, Oct. 2006, pp. 49-71,