Web-based language learning has been popular for many years due to the access it provides to authentic target-language materials. Web 2.0 applications augment this, providing many more opportunities for input, social interaction and collaboration with native speakers of the target language. Language is all about communication, and there is nothing more motivating than being able to use one's newly acquired language skills in an authentic environment. In addition, the user-friendliness of Web 2.0 applications enables language teachers to integrate these tools very easily into the class setting. The potential of these tools is clear, but a greater body of research is required to inform the creation of guidelines to ensure these tools are integrated appropriately. As Web 2.0 applications become mainstream, developments in this exciting field are likely to continue apace.

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