EFL teachers professional learning needs: working with multimedia and the cloud

O'Neill, Shirley (2015) EFL teachers professional learning needs: working with multimedia and the cloud. In: English language education in a global world: practices, issues and challenges. Languages and Linguistics. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, pp. 45-60. ISBN 978-1-63483-497-1


This chapter examines the current opportunities that are available for enhancing language learning through digital communication technologies in terms of multimedia and use of multimodal texts, and the potential for language learning through the CLOUD. Working with multimedia and the CLOUD are explored in the context of English as a foreign language (EFL), teachers’ professional learning needs, relevance to the principles of second language acquisition, changing demands on learners and the potential to improve languages pedagogy and learning outcomes in the current globalised world. It reports recent research into two samples of EFL teachers’ perceived professional learning needs and presents a series of three vignette’s that demonstrate how multimedia and the CLOUD are facilitating language teaching and learning. Through exploring a deep approach to multimedia language instruction it identifies those features that are most enabling of students’ language learning and the reasons why. It attempts to challenge both the teacher and the learner to reconceptualise the 21st century language learning space through its provision of insights into the benefits of the CLOUD in its potential to have a dramatic impact on creating language learning communities, developing intercultural literacy and supporting communicative interactions in English as a foreign language.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 5. Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 01:31
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2016 05:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: CLOUD language learning; digital communication technologies; EFL pedagogy; EFL teacher professional learning; multimediated language learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.4479.1129
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28377

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