Learning practices on-the-go: languaging and mobility in digital glocal spaces
2015 (English)In: The Sociolinguistics of Globalization, 2015, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
More and more people across the globe have access to newer ways of engaging in learning practices on-the-go with Technology Mediated Communication becoming a growing dimension of everyday life. The study presented in this paper examines the nature of languaging ‘in situ’ in digital institutional learning settings (like the virtual classroom, including the types of practices that unfold at the boundaries of different global-local or glocal spaces). This includes examining the openness and parallel closure of online learning glocal spaces. We use sociocultural and decolonial theoretical lenses in the analysis of ethnographic data that include video recordings of synchronous meetings of an ‘Italian for Beginners’ course offered by a Swedish university. The data-set also includes the instructors’ course materials, students’ notes and national policy documents (2000–present) related to language learning and online education. Excerpts from the data analysis and other representations will be used to exemplify the ways in which participants’ use of tools and mobility (or immobility) across spaces (the local, the virtual, the global) can be mapped and framed analytically. Our results highlight the need to focus the technological, distributed constitution of participants’ worlds in the shared space(s) of the virtual classroom that we theoretically frame in terms of Third Space. Here, emergent hybrid language practices are used to make sense of the ways in which participants’ orient towards what is tangible and what is curtailed in the virtual classroom. Our results highlight how participant’s interactional order is constituted by a continuous shift framed by the task at hand and/or the expectations of the institutionally framed agenda of the course. The analysis of the interactional data and the policy documents further highlights how dismantling notions of one nation-one language, facilitated by emerging media practices, also challenges dominant language ideologies that are currently based upon monolingual-monomodal communication.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Technology Mediated Communication; digital glocal spaces; languaging; third space; hybridity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-33554OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-33554DiVA: diva2:1047495
The Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centering and (de)standardization, The University of Hong Kong, June 3-6, 2015