iTESOL: analogous practices in the SLA classroom

McDonald, Lisa (2010) iTESOL: analogous practices in the SLA classroom. TESOL in Context, 20 (2). pp. 42-51. ISSN 1030-8385


Recent studies of emerging technologies have shown that mobile phone production new exceeds one billion devices globally per year (Johnson, Levine, & Smith, 2008). With a level of production that signifies a shift in the ownership of networked machines from institutions to individuals, the broad appeal of portable technologies now offers individuals access and control over a growing range of electronic resources. This paper explores resource sharing and collaborative communications practices in the spaces of the second language acquisition (SLA) classroom. From informal conversations with students and the writer's observations, the paper discusses the processes of language acquisition than can emerge through portable technologies such as handheld translators, smart phones, portable computers, and so on. It considers how these kinds of technologies orchestrate and influence student classroom interactions and experiences. In particular, the writing examines social learning in the SLA classroom, and how what is often subtle dialogue between digital/electronic technologies and classroom learners can provide enduring creative frameworks for language acquisition in the contemporary world.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 ACTA. This article was subsequently published in the 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies Conference (EduLearn11), 4-6 Jul 2011, Barcelona, Spain. Contact the author for details.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2014 06:24
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2015 02:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: portable technologies; second language acquisition; social learning
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4703 Language studies > 470306 English as a second language
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460612 Service oriented computing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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