Journal Article

Informal and deliberate learning with new technologies

Ruth Trinder

in Elt Journal

Volume 71, issue 4, pages 401-412
Published in print October 2017 | ISSN: 0951-0893
Published online February 2017 | e-ISSN: 1477-4526 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccw117
Informal and deliberate learning with new technologies

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Language Learning (Specific Skills)
  • Language Teaching Theory and Methods
  • Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language
  • Language Acquisition

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Abstract

Due to the ready availability of new technologies, opportunities for the incidental as well as deliberate practice of English have multiplied and far exceed what can be done in more formal environments. Yet, despite the sizeable literature on the classroom-based use of specific digital resources, few studies have investigated how students evaluate increased exposure to English in terms of learning potential. This article argues that online informal learning of English deserves more attention, and presents an empirical study surveying Austrian university students’ practices and preferences related to new media in independent settings. The participants’ perceptions of the usefulness of a range of digital resources for the acquisition of language skills are analysed and juxtaposed with their opinions on in-class use of technology. Results indicate a clear preference for well-established, time-honoured media (film, online dictionaries, email) in self-regulated contexts, as well as diverging opinions on the use of technologies in classroom settings.

Journal Article.  4629 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Language Learning (Specific Skills) ; Language Teaching Theory and Methods ; Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language ; Language Acquisition

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.