at GLoCALL 2021
Dr. Pramela Krish Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia
Dr Pramela Krish is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She specialises in Applied Linguistics and has researched and published works on online language learning, mobile learning and teacher professional development. Dr Pramela is on Editorial Board of 3L Southeast Asian Journal of English Language and CALL–EJ. She has been appointed as external reviewer for numerous teacher education programmes by the Malaysian Ministry and has served on review panels for funding. She is also an active reviewer for academic journals locally and internationally.
While research in communication patterns, collaboration, and discussion in the digital platform is ongoing, there are new trends in linguistic research is to understand and study the e-discourse and the digital lingo. Such research has open new pathways for educators and linguistic researchers globally. With more people today actively engaging, communicating and reflecting on all aspects of life via Social Networking Sites (SNSs), this has surely open avenues for accessibility to a wealth of naturally occurring data for researchers to tap and to understand the broader areas of linguistic research. There are opportunities to study new words as well as the early phase of the establishment of the words, via the popular social media platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram and Facebook.
I will share some insights in the current areas of research in applied linguistics in the digital era with focus on studies done in the Malaysian context. The challenges that come along with this innovation in research interest and the need to understand the digital lingo will be discussed. The presentation will end with some ethical challenges as each social media research context is unique.