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The Language Hoax

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Title: Focus on the language learner in an era of globalization: Tensions, positions and practices in technology-mediated language teaching
Author: Cynthia White
Institution: Massey University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Globalization as the intensification of worldwide social relations (Giddens 1990) continues to exert an influence on language, language use, and learning and teaching around the world. In this paper I examine the nature and influence of globalization on online language teaching through the lens of learner-centred principles, and the tensions between different positions and practices adopted by participants within virtual learning environments. I conclude by arguing that a focus on technology or innovation within global learning environments needs to be balanced by a focus on the learner in order to engage with and respond to emerging issues, challenges and practices, and to extend our understanding of language learning and teaching in the twenty-first century.

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This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 40, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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