Special Issue "MOBILizing Language Learning in the 21st Century"
A special issue of Languages (ISSN 2226-471X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2017)
The term ‘mobilizing’ literally means ‘making mobile’. It evokes images of people being assembled for a clear purpose, for example troops being deployed or marshalling disaster relief resources. It is as if, in order to make someone or something ‘mobile’, there has to be fluidity in a plan that is organized and set in motion to pursue a specific goal. Language learning itself is intrinsically mobile, fluid and dynamic, changing over time and space, across and within individuals. Technology can accentuate this mobility as portable handheld devices help language learners overcome the spatial-temporal boundaries of a traditional classroom. Indeed, language learners themselves become mobile when they utilize their mobile devices to create their own mobile learning environments. Mobilizing language learning thus capitalizes on the many affordances of mobile technology, such as ubiquity, interactivity, connectivity and portability, toward the goal of optimizing language learning.
An affordance implies a relation between an object and its functions and uses, e.g., a chair typically ‘affords’ sitting but could also ‘afford’ standing on. The basic question addressed by this special issue is the following: how can mobile technology affordances ‘afford’ better language learning? That is, how do these affordances embrace and interact with the many facets of language learning to impact its processes and outcomes? For example, mobile devices afford augmented reality through GPS, camera and wireless capabilities. Augmented reality can create a real-life environment for a user to interact in. The potential for language learning is enormous, when we think that the ability to interact in an authentic context is generally regarded as a hallmark of best pedagogical practice and successful language learning.
This Special Issue welcomes original research in mobile language learning (MoLL). Empirical studies are preferred, but special consideration could also be given to papers addressing the theoretical underpinnings of this relatively new but fast evolving field. Whether it is children learning a first and/or a second language in school, adults learning a new language in formal or informal settings, the focus is on how mobile devices, such as tablet computers, smartphones or other handhelds, affect language learning.
Abstract submission is now closed. Authors of successful abstracts are invited to submit full papers by 28 February 2017, which will be sent out for peer review.
Dr. Sonia Rocca
Dr. Bryan Smith
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- Mobile language learning (MoLL)
- Second/foreign language learning (L2L)
- First language learning (L1L)
- Mobile technology
- Augmented reality
- Tablet computer
- Computer-assisted language learning/CALL
- Technology-enhanced language learning/TELL
- Information and Communication Technology/ICT