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The Use of Flickr Photographic Networking in a Globalised World


Paper presented at:

“Englishes & Literatures-in-English in a Globalised World”
The 13th International Conference on English in South East Asia (ESEA) 2008.
National Institute of Education, Singapore.
4th-6th December 2008.

Paper not submitted in person due to airport closures in Thailand. 

Paper published in the conference proceedings, pages 318-324 at:



Paper published in Acta Didactica Napocensia, Volume 2 Number 1, 2009, pages 109-114. 

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One class of 4th year English major students who are part of the Bachelor of Education programme at Udon Thani Rajabhat University volunteered to participate in a project designed to increase their writing fluency whilst exposing them to different people and cultures in Southeast Asia. A secondary objective was to give an enjoyable task based exercise in the use of computers and the internet, with the social responsibilities that this involves.


The majority of students in this class come from an agricultural background and rarely have the opportunity to explore other countries and contact other people that live there. This project was designed to give these students the chance to investigate different cultures and to promote their own in a safe environment by using the Flickr photographic networking programme on the internet; to make contact and exchange ideas and cultures with students from Bali, Hong Kong and Japan.


At the time of writing, this is still a work in progress; however, early indications are that students have benefited from this type of social interaction as they are experiencing better understanding of other cultures and beliefs, whilst increasing their computer skills. In addition, this project has widened the horizons of many of the students resulting in what is hoped to be a more pragmatic view of the environment, humanity and equity beyond sustainability.


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