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Mash it Up! Using GarageBand to Enhance Second Language Learning

, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States

TCC, ISSN 1937-1659 Publisher: TCCHawaii


In testimony before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee a second language teaching expert cautioned that the U.S. is suffering from a language deficit. The cause of this deficit is a lack of second language learning offered by and supported in our schools. This paper suggests that Web 2.0 technologies may provide a solution. Included in this qualitative study is an examination of a pilot project conducted by a Spanish language teacher who used Web 2.0 technologies to extend and enhance second language learning with a group of fourth grade students. The students created mash ups using GarageBand, a music production application, and published them on the classroom web site. The project was not without obstacles. A close look at how these obstacles could be overcome is offered, followed by recommendations for implementing Web 2.0 in the second language classroom.


Waters, L. (2008). Mash it Up! Using GarageBand to Enhance Second Language Learning. In Proceedings of TCC 2008 (pp. 68-80). TCCHawaii. Retrieved February 28, 2020 from .



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