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Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching offers theoretical and practical as well as research perspectives for approaching technologies that support online communication for language learning. Examining tools such as forums, chats, audio and visual real-time platforms as well as virtual worlds and mobile devices, and reviewing the literature that deals with such tools in use in educational settings, the authors identify key theoretical issues (e.g. pedagogic developments in online language learning, learning theories, teacher and student experience, assessment) and offer a thorough appraisal of the potential benefits and challenges of learning and teaching a language via these technologies. The authors talk directly and practically to teachers about research issues of relevance to them and suggest do-able small-scale projects, as well as providing an extensive annotated collection of online resources.


Description

Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching offers theoretical and practical as well as research perspectives for approaching technologies that support online communication for language learning. Examining tools such as forums, chats, audio and visual real-time platforms as well as virtual worlds and mobile devices, and reviewing the literature that deals with such tools in use in educational settings, the authors identify key theoretical issues (e.g. pedagogic developments in online language learning, learning theories, teacher and student experience, assessment) and offer a thorough appraisal of the potential benefits and challenges of learning and teaching a language via these technologies. The authors talk directly and practically to teachers about research issues of relevance to them and suggest do-able small-scale projects, as well as providing an extensive annotated collection of online resources.


Contents

General Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART 1: KEY CONCEPTS AND ISSUES
Historical Background
Learning Theories
Mediation, Multimodality and Multiliteracies
Lines of Enquiry into CMCL
Teaching Online
Learner Experience
Assessment of CMCL
PART 2: RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Asynchronous Fora
Synchronous Chat
Multiple Object-oriented Environments
Audiographic Environments and Virtual Worlds
Videoconferencing
Emerging Technologies
PART 3: PRACTITIONER RESEARCH
An Overview of Practitioner Research
A Practical Guide to CMCL Practitioner Research
Data in Practitioner Research
Some Possible Practitioner Research Projects
PART 4: RESOURCES
Resources
Bibliography
Index


Authors

MARIE-NOËLLE LAMY is Professor of Distance Language Learning at the Open University, UK. She designed and delivered the university's first suite of language courses. Her research has focused on technology-mediated interactive learning of languages, and encompasses analysis of learner conversations, learner use of multimodality, e-literacies and the development of learning cultures in online groups.

REGINE HAMPEL is Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages at the Open University, UK. She was instrumental in designing the university's first courses with online tutorials. Her research explores theoretical and practical issues around the use of new technologies in language learning and teaching, focusing in particular on multimodal environments, task design, tutor training, learner interaction, mediation and new literacies.