Disruptive Technologies and the Language Classroom: A Complex Systems Theory Approach

Hampel, Regine (2019). Disruptive Technologies and the Language Classroom: A Complex Systems Theory Approach. Palgrave Macmillan.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-31368-5

URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030313678


Although new technologies are embedded in students’ lives today, there is often an assumption that their use is transparent, inconsequential, or a distraction. This book combines complex systems theory with sociocultural theory and the multimodal theory of communication, providing an innovative theoretical framework to examine how communication and meaning-making in the language classroom have developed over time, how technology impacts on meaning-making, and what the implications are for learners, teachers, institutions and policy makers. Recent studies provide evidence for the disruptive effect of technology which has resulted in a phase shift that is reshaping language education by creating new interaction patterns, allowing for multimodal communication, and introducing real-world communication into the classroom. The book proposes ways of responding to this shift before concluding that the new technologies are radically transforming the way we learn. It is likely to appeal to a range of readers, including students, academics, teachers and policy-makers.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 62403
  • Item Type
  • Book
  • ISBN
  • 3-030-31367-0, 978-3-030-31367-8
  • Keywords
  • applied linguistics; computer-assisted language learning and teaching; transformative effect of digital technologies; meaning-making; complex systems theory
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2019 The Author
  • Depositing User
  • Regine Hampel