In the context of continuing technological innovation, the field of technology-mediated foreign language learning is expanding rapidly. Advances in digital technologies are providing researchers with opportunities to investigate a range of exciting new areas of research.
This edited volume is designed to showcase a selection of recent cutting-edge innovations. This publication incorporates chapters dealing with the use virtual reality, social networking, speech technologies and social semiotics. Also included are chapters that focus on the relevant review work that is vital for progress in the field.
This publication provides an indispensable guide to a wide range of practitioners, including language educators, researchers, graduate students, learning scientists and instructional designers.
Mark Peterson is Associate Professor of Foreign Language Studies at Kyoto University. He has published widely in the field of computer assisted language learning. He is the author of Computer Games and Language Learning (Palgrave) and editor of Digital Games and Language Learning: Theory, Development and Implementation (Bloomsbury). Dr Peterson established and now directs a research lab (https://petersonlab.weebly.com) dedicated to investigating the effective use of digital technologies in foreign language learning.
Nasser Jabbari is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching at the University of Essex (UK) Department of Language and Linguistics. He received a PhD (in curriculum and instruction, English as a second language [ESL]) from Texas A&M University (USA). His research interests include ‘naturalistic’ and ‘tutorial’ computer assisted language learning (CALL), specifically, language use and learning in social media and online gaming environments. His current research focuses on the psycholinguistic and sociocultural processes underlying second language acquisition (SLA) and second language (L2) socialization in multilingual and multicultural contexts of massively multiplayer online (role-playing) games.