Internet-based Sister Classes and Writing


  • Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis University of the Aegean



Internet-based sister classes, transformative pedagogy, academic language proficiency, creative language learning, collaborative writing, computer mediated communication


In this article, two case studies of Internet-based sister classes designed to foster second language learning are described with a focus on student writing. Writing is examined within the context of social constructivist and transformative orientations to pedagogy. In the context of these pedagogical orientations, writing is initially analyzed as communication within an environment that merges writing with speaking and also promotes changes in pedagogy. These pedagogical changes enable students’ writing to become a vehicle for generating new knowledge, creation of literature, and critical examination of social realities relevant to students’ lives.

Author Biography

Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis, University of the Aegean

Vasilia Kourtis-Kazoullis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Primary Education, University of the Aegean (Rhodes, Greece). She received her Ph.D. from the same department, and it dealt with Internet-based sister classes and second/foreign language learning. Her research interests include bilingualism, second language learning and acquisition, and computer assisted language learning.


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How to Cite

Kourtis-Kazoullis, V. (2011). Internet-based Sister Classes and Writing. Writing and Pedagogy, 3(2), 305–323.



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