A hopeful future for mobile language learning

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (2024). A hopeful future for mobile language learning. In: Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds. The Bloomsbury Handbook of Language Learning and Technology. London: Bloomsbury Publishing (In Press).

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Abstract

Mobile language learning has long inspired teachers and researchers to innovate, improve their classroom practice and enhance learning for their students, but the Covid-19 pandemic drew attention to more far-reaching educational challenges that could be addressed through the adoption of mobile approaches to learning. From a position of optimism and hope, the chapter sets out some of those educational challenges and the ways in which mobile learning offers multiple ways of responding to them. Language education plays a central role, as it aims to empower individuals and communities, to promote intercultural understanding and to connect people by equipping them to overcome linguistic barriers in communication. At the same time, teachers and learners are living through difficult times and any innovations should be introduced appropriately. The chapter outlines reasons to be hopeful, in the context of profound changes that are taking place in digital and online learning. It offers observations regarding interrelationships between languages and mobile technologies and their relationships with informal learning, where learners are leading the way. Out of these reflections arise some pointers towards possible and desirable futures for mobile language learning around the world.

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