n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Die verband tussen die blootstelling aan en gebruik van elektroniese media en akademiese taalvaardigheid
|Article Title||Die verband tussen die blootstelling aan en gebruik van elektroniese media en akademiese taalvaardigheid|
|© Publisher:||South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT)|
|Journal||Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig|
|Author||Irma Loock and Annette De Wet|
|Publication Date||Jun 2010|
|Pages||89 - 105|
|Keyword(s)||Academic language proficiency, Akademiese taalvaardigheid, Beelddenke, Denkpatrone, Geletterdheid, Image thinking, Interactive learning environment, Interaktiewe leeromgewing, Language and thought, Literacy, Net-generasie, Patterns of thought, Social context, Sosiale konteks, Taal en denke, Technology and media, Tegnologie en media, Universiteit van die Vrystaat and Web generation|
The focus of this article is the possible contribution of exposure to and use of modern electronic media to the problem of students' perceived weak command of formal academic language. Concepts such as academic literacy, the relationship between language and thought, and the effect of modern media on thought patterns will be discussed. The frequent exposure to images on the one hand and the absence of formal reading material on the other, are seen as important factors contributing to language problems experienced by university students. A questionnaire was used to examine the frequency at which grade 8 learners in four Bloemfontein schools, as well as a group of second year students at the University of the Free State, use computers and cell phones, watch television and films, etc. User patterns were established. The results of this research are discussed here.
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