New opportunities for languages learning through twenty-first-century knowledge-building communitiestwenty-first-century knowledge-building communities

O'Neill, Shirley (2021) New opportunities for languages learning through twenty-first-century knowledge-building communitiestwenty-first-century knowledge-building communities. In: Rethinking Languages Education: Directions, Challenges and Innovations. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Milton Park, Abingdon, United kingdom, pp. 179-204. ISBN 978-1-138-09158-0

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This chapter explores how language learning pedagogies are changing as a result of new technologies and opportunities for international collaboration, and glocal community engagement in the facilitation of purposeful conversations that respond to mutual needs. It explores various initiatives that have emerged as a result of creating connections to fulfil the need for more authentic languages learning spaces (O’Neill 2015; Yardley 2008). These initiatives show how practices have responded to opportunities afforded by digital communication technologies and social networking, providing for both international language-exchange and more localised community involvement in using English, as well as facilitating students’ use of their home languages and cultures. The way such approaches are able to build participants’ capacity, encourage authentic and deeper languages learning (Tochon 2014), add value to educational experiences—as well as sustain student engagement—is described and discussed. The potential of these approaches is further explored through the lens of knowledge-building communities (Bindé 2005) and the importance of student voice and agency, and intercultural literacy for the reshaping of languages policy, curriculum and practice. A model of operation is advanced and explored in terms of language learning being at the forefront of a modern responsive and innovative education system that acknowledges our globalised world and diverse multilingual contexts (Spring 2015).

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (1 Nov 2014 -)
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2021 07:30
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2022 05:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: authentic language learning, intercultural literacy, knowledge-building communities, languages education, languages education policy, multilingual societies
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture > 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390201 Education policy
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4799 Other language, communication and culture > 479999 Other language, communication and culture not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390108 LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810107 National Security
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2303 International relations > 230301 Defence and security policy
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160201 Equity and access to education
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130201 Communication across languages and culture
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture

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