Developing English Writing Material for EFL SNS Users: ‘SNS English
Posing Style Book’
Songhee Park (International Graduate School of English, Seoul)
at The MATSDA/University of Liverpool Conference: Authenticity and Materials
Development for Language Learning, June 2016
Mobile Assisted Language Leaning, MALL has been featured as 'portability,
social interactivity, context sensitivity, connectivity, individuality, and
immediacy' (Lan et al., 2007). Kukulska-Hulme and Shield highlighted that
published mobile learning studies rarely report using the phone for the purpose
to concern the fact that mobility and portability seem not to be fully exploited
in the design of MALL activities (Kukulska-Hulme & Shield, 2008, p.280).
Mobile leaning in SLA will be undoubtedly increasing, however, there is not much
of leaning material available at hand. This material was developed and published
in Korean market in order to meet the needs of Korean SNS users who want to
communicate in English on SNS. The book is designed for both self-access
materials and classroom use. Frequently talked by SNS users were firstly
reviewed and 6 topics: Food, Travel, Parenting, Beauty, Work, and Hashtag
Marketing are selected. Each chapter consists of 4 sub-chapters, 24 subchapters
in total. This material is carefully designed to enable learners to naturally
learn the skills of how to write English postings as they are lurking SNS users'
postings. Learners who accomplish 6 missions can achieve their ultimate goal of
English learning - communicating with others.