Digital technologies for language learning and teaching

Thomas, Michael orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-6451-4439 (2013) Digital technologies for language learning and teaching. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-50377-8

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Digital Technologies for Language Learning and Teaching provides a state of the art overview of many of the recent trends in digital education and learning applied to a language learning context. In opposition to much of the literature on learning technologies, Thomas argues against both the techno-optimist and techno-skeptical positions that have dichotomized debates about digital technologies in education. The book adopts a refreshingly critical and historical perspective and examines a number of key areas of technology use, combining both theoretical perspectives and illustrative case studies. It argues that the use of digital technologies in education has to be grounded in sound pedagogy rather than a fashionable anti-school discourse.

Instructors have explored how new digital tools and virtual learning environments could solve many of the problems they face in the language classroom, from lack of student engagement and motivation, to the absence of creativity and learner participation. Digital Technologies for Language Learning and Teaching addresses the myths, realities, potential and implications of these digital transformations and their specific impact on language learning. By examining a number of areas that have been closely linked with these transformative claims, including digital literacies, social media, digital gaming, virtual worlds, and mobile learning, the book outlines the importance of a task-based approach utilizing digital technologies.

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