Landmarks in CALL Research - Looking Back to Prepare for the Future, 1995-2015 - Greg Kessler

Landmarks in CALL Research - Looking Back to Prepare for the Future, 1995-2015 - Greg Kessler

Evolutionary Trajectories, Internet-mediated Expression, and Language Education

Landmarks in CALL Research - Looking Back to Prepare for the Future, 1995-2015 - Greg Kessler

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This article describes the evolution of communication technologies, accompanying transformations in everyday communicative activity, and pedagogical possibilities these tools support in second and foreign language (L2) settings. We begin with an overview of synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC) and uses of the Internet to mediate intercultural communication for purposes of L2 learning. We then describe generational shifts in Internet technologies and their proliferation and uses, with the majority of our efforts focused on contemporary environments such as blogs, wikis, podcasting, device-agnostic forms of CMC, and advances in intelligent computer-assisted language learning (ICALL). Throughout, we engage in a discussion of praxeological fusions of various media technologies and the implications of this nexus of practice for the transformation of what it means to teach, learn, and communicate in L2 contexts.

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Thorne, Steven L.; Payne, J. Scott. Evolutionary Trajectories, Internet-mediated Expression, and Language Education. Landmarks in CALL Research - Looking Back to Prepare for the Future, 1995-2015. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 71-100 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781793602. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28167. Date accessed: 24 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28167. Mar 2016

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