Linguistic diversity in online and mobile learning

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Pegrum, Mark (2018). Linguistic diversity in online and mobile learning. In: Creese, Angela and Blackledge, Adrian eds. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 518–532.



This chapter examines the contemporary landscape of linguistic and cultural superdiversity in relation to online, and especially mobile, learning. Current institutional educational practices are largely predicated on students’ induction into standard national languages, but this is at odds with sociocultural trends towards superdiversity, sociolinguistic trends towards translanguaging, and socio-technological trends towards the integration of contextual mobile technologies into everyday communication. We consider the opportunities and challenges inherent in the use of online and mobile technologies to support culturally and linguistically diverse educational experiences, and to prepare students for effective communication in a world increasingly oriented towards superdiversity and translanguaging.

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