I often wonder about the juxtaposition between learners enrolling on language courses and proudly picking up their shiny new textbooks, and the use of technology for language learning. I mean, if you don’t have a kindle yourself, you definitely know somebody who does, and I am sure we all have some form of digitised printed matter on our computers. So, then, what does this mean for the future of the textbook? Will the integration of technology result in the obsolescence of printed matter? Can synchronous language learning become fully digitized? What do you think?
Can the affordances of technology provide enough opportunities for the net generation to successfully learn a language or have they become limited by its complexity, glitches in hardware and software, and feeling isolated in the sea of cyberspace? Does the flood of VLE’s inhibit learning because they serve as CMS’s that confuse learners as they attempt to navigate their way around them? Has faculty become dazzled by the opportunities to integrate technology into language learning without considering real learner needs and the realities of its integration from a learner and a teacher perspective?
Just a thought